noun cus·to·dy \ˈkəs-tə-dē\

law : the legal right to take care of a child (such as a child whose parents are divorced)

: the state of being kept in a prison or jail

: the act of protecting or taking care of something

plural cus·to·dies

Full Definition of CUSTODY

:  immediate charge and control (as over a ward or a suspect) exercised by a person or an authority; also :  safekeeping

Examples of CUSTODY

  1. She has sole custody of her daughter.
  2. The judge granted custody to the grandparents.
  3. The bank provides safe custody for valuables.

Origin of CUSTODY

Middle English custodie, from Latin custodia guarding, from custod-, custos guardian
First Known Use: 15th century
CUSTODIES Defined for Kids


noun cus·to·dy \ˈkə-stə-dē\

Definition of CUSTODY for Kids

:  direct responsibility for care and control <The boy is in the custody of his parents.>
:  the state of being arrested or held by police <The suspect has been taken into custody.>


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