cus·​to·​di·​an | \ ˌkə-ˈstō-dē-ən How to pronounce custodian (audio) \

Definition of custodian

: one that guards and protects or maintains especially : one entrusted with guarding and keeping property or records or with custody or guardianship of prisoners or inmates

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Other Words from custodian

custodianship \ ˌkə-​ˈstō-​dē-​ən-​ˌship How to pronounce custodian (audio) \ noun

Examples of custodian in a Sentence

the custodian made his usual rounds of the building to make sure that everything was OK served as custodian of the prisoner until he could be turned over to federal authorities
Recent Examples on the Web Collier has been the custodian of the gym’s preservation. Billy Witz, New York Times, "Hinkle Fieldhouse Is Still Ready for Its Close-Up," 26 Mar. 2021 As the custodian of the two holiest sites in Islam, Saudi Arabia has made significant progress in combating extremism, which has greatly reduced America’s risk of attack and created the environment for today’s new partnerships. Jared Kushner, WSJ, "Opportunity Beckons in the Mideast," 14 Mar. 2021 Maderos is listed as the Committee to Stop the Steal's treasurer and custodian of records. Soo Rin Kim, ABC News, "Funding behind 'Stop the Steal' movement shrouded in mystery," 24 Feb. 2021 White was hired as a night custodian at Avon High School at the start of the 2004-2005 school year. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Avon schools’ custodian retires with love from students and staff," 22 Dec. 2020 The black hexagonal bottle gives even more distinction to an already distinctive whisky with a name that is derived from the Medieval Latin word sacristanus, referring to a custodian of sacred objects. Richard Carelton Hacker, Robb Report, "Sláinte! 9 New Irish Whiskeys You’ll Love Long After St. Patrick’s Day," 12 Mar. 2021 Third choice is to make Coinbase the custodian of your coins. William Baldwin, Forbes, "How To Buy Bitcoin: A Comparison Of 11 Ways," 11 Mar. 2021 The first person vaccinated through Alameda County’s mobile clinic Thursday was a veteran custodian of Hayward Unified School District, with more to come. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, "California sets aside 10% of vaccines for teachers starting in March," 19 Feb. 2021 Her adoptive parents, Lloyd R. Pashong, a custodian in the Des Moines public schools, and his wife, Margaret May Smith, named her Patricia Louise Pashong. New York Times, "Paige Rense, Trendsetting Editor of Architectural Digest, Dies at 91," 2 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of custodian

1602, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of custodian was in 1602

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10 Apr 2021

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“Custodian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of custodian

formal : someone who keeps and protects something valuable for another person
US : a person who cleans and takes care of a building


cus·​to·​di·​an | \ ˌkə-ˈstō-dē-ən How to pronounce custodian (audio) \

Kids Definition of custodian

: a person who guards and protects or takes care of the school custodian



Legal Definition of custodian

: an individual entrusted with guarding and keeping property or having custody of a person: as
a : the warden of a prison
b : a person given custody of a child by court order
c : a person named to manage a child's property under the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act
d : a person or entity appointed by a bankruptcy court to take charge of the debtor's property for purposes of administration

Other Words from custodian

custodianship noun

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