from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or right of guarding, especially such a right granted by a court: an adult who was given custody of the child.
- n. Care, supervision, and control exerted by one in charge. See Synonyms at care.
- n. The state of being detained or held under guard, especially by the police: took the robbery suspect into custody.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The legal right to take care of something or somebody, especially children.
- n. Temporary possession or care of somebody else's property.
- n. The state of being imprisoned or detained, usually pending a trial.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A keeping or guarding; care, watch, inspection, for keeping, preservation, or security.
- n. Judicial or penal safe-keeping.
- n. State of being guarded and watched to prevent escape; restraint of liberty; confinement; imprisonment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A keeping; a guarding; care, watch, inspection, or detention, for preservation or security: as, the prisoner was committed to the custody of the sheriff.
- n. Restraint of liberty; confinement; imprisonment; incarceration.
- n. Safe-keeping against a foe; guarding; security.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child
- n. a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
- n. holding by the police
Middle English custodie, from Latin custōdia, from custōs, custōd-, guard.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin custodia ("a keeping, watch, guard, prison"), from custos ("a keeper, watchman, guard"). (Wiktionary)