cus·​to·​di·​an ˌkə-ˈstō-dē-ən How to pronounce custodian (audio)
: 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
custodianship 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 Many residents worked for UVA as laborers, custodians and cooks. Louis Hansen, ProPublica, 11 Sep. 2023 This list made no other changes except to add records custodians from the hardware store chains Lowe’s and Home Depot. Philip Jankowski, Dallas News, 3 Sep. 2023 The adults killed were identified as head of school Katherine Koonce, 60, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, and custodian Mike Hill, 61. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Aug. 2023 School staff, including bus drivers and custodians, have also been absent due to the widespread illnesses, Meadows added. Zenebou Sylla, CNN, 24 Aug. 2023 That’s because the custodians and maintenance teams at Independence Local Schools had spent the summer ensuring that the three schools were in top condition to start the new academic year. cleveland, 29 Aug. 2023 The district’s union contracts with its custodian and transportation workers are set to expire in 2024. Linda Girardi, Chicago Tribune, 28 Aug. 2023 Prior to his arrest, Jordan was employed as a custodian at IDEA Victory Public School in Tampa. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 23 Aug. 2023 Block Island seems to still contain this magic, of which Tori Jones Studio is a custodian. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 14 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of custodian was in 1602

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Cite this Entry

“Custodian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


cus·​to·​di·​an ˌkəs-ˈtōd-ē-ən How to pronounce custodian (audio)
: someone who guards and protects or takes care of something for another person
: someone who cleans and takes care of a building : janitor sense 2

Legal Definition


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

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