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[kuh-stoh-dee-uh n] /kʌˈstoʊ di ən/
a person who has custody; keeper; guardian.
a person entrusted with guarding or maintaining a property; janitor.
Origin of custodian
1775-85; < Latin custōdi(a) watchman (see custody) + -an
Related forms
custodianship, noun Unabridged
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  • Inform the custodian of your old account that you want a direct rollover into the new account.
  • The shrine's custodian also said he had received threats.
  • The custodian is delighted by the idea, soon revealing a dark secret the professor can't bear to keep.
  • Even more worryingly, he cleared his own trades, with no external custodian.
  • It still considers itself the true custodian of the country's interests.
  • There's a memorial in the courtyard of the high school where he worked as a custodian.
  • As custodian of the company, he said the government would make sure it paid for damage.
  • She was a seamstress in a blue-jean factory, and he was the custodian at a bank.
British Dictionary definitions for custodian


a person who has custody, as of a prisoner, ward, etc
a guardian or keeper, as of an art collection, etc
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Word Origin and History for custodian

1781, from custody (Latin custodia) + -an. As "janitor," by 1944, American English, short for custodian-janitor (by 1899).

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