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custodian

[kuh-stoh-dee-uh n] /kʌˈstoʊ di ən/
noun
1.
a person who has custody; keeper; guardian.
2.
a person entrusted with guarding or maintaining a property; janitor.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Latin custōdi(a) watchman (see custody) + -an
Related forms
custodianship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for custodianship

custodianship

/kʌsˈtəʊdɪənʃɪp/
noun
1.
the condition of being a custodian
2.
(in Britain) a legal basis for the care of children under the Children's Act 1975, midway between fostering and adoption, devised for children settled in long-term foster care or living permanently with relatives or a step-parent

custodian

/kʌsˈtəʊdɪən/
noun
1.
a person who has custody, as of a prisoner, ward, etc
2.
a guardian or keeper, as of an art collection, etc
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Word Origin and History for custodianship

custodian

n.

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

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