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

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 In reality, though, a reputable custodian does so much more. Robert Samuels | For Iron Monk Solutions, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Another, a hospital custodian, appeared to blot her eyes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2022 Bradley is free on an $25,000 bond into the custody of a third-party custodian, federal authorities said in the statement. Hartford Courant, 30 Apr. 2022 On Wednesday, police said, Richards and Banks went to the residence where the child had been placed unannounced, and unplanned, and took the child without the knowledge of the child’s current custodian. Carol Robinson |, al, 14 Apr. 2022 In reality, though, a reputable custodian does so much more. Robert Samuels | For Iron Monk Solutions, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Apr. 2022 Macron, far from an outsider reinvigorating the French state, appears to many of his opponents as the aloof agent of a wealthy elite establishment and custodian of a fragile status quo in need of reform. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 Marking her feature debut, the film focused on the relationship between a hearing speech teacher (Hurt) at a school for deaf children and a deaf custodian (Matlin) working there. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Mar. 2022 The Bexar County District Clerk is the registrar, recorder and custodian of all records of the state district courts, criminal and civil. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of custodian

1602, in the meaning defined above

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“Custodian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for custodian


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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