from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that has charge of something; a caretaker.
  • noun A janitor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who has the care or custody of anything, as of a library, a public building, a lunatic, etc.; a keeper or guardian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who has care or custody, as of some public building; a keeper or superintendent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person entrusted with the custody or care of something or someone; a caretaker or keeper.
  • noun US a janitor (US); a cleaner

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals


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From Medieval Latin *custodianus, implied in custodianatus, from custodia ("a keeping, watch, guard, prison"), from custos ("a keeper, watchman, guard").


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