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 That meant Deutsche merely had to act as a custodian of its prime finance unit until client operations shifts to BNP Paribas at the end of this year. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, "Prescient restructuring aided Deutsche Bank’s Houdini-like escape from Archegos fallout," 28 Apr. 2021 Teffi focuses on the servants who made such estates possible, especially the nyanya, a recurring figure typically hired first as a wet nurse and then as the general custodian of the children. Sara Wheeler, WSJ, "‘Other Worlds’ Review: Sketches of a Spiritual Country," 23 Apr. 2021 But eventually each man came around and accepted his role as a custodian of what Jo began. New York Times, "The Woman Who Made van Gogh," 14 Apr. 2021 The San Jose Mercury News reported that both worked at elementary schools in the area — Correia as a first-grade teacher and Teixeira as the lead custodian. NBC News, "Mother, daughter die after their car plunges off California cliff," 6 Apr. 2021 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

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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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4 May 2021

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“Custodian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 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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