noun cus·to·dy \ˈkəs-tə-dē\

law : the legal right to take care of a child (such as a child whose parents are divorced)

: the state of being kept in a prison or jail

: the act of protecting or taking care of something

plural cus·to·dies

Full Definition of CUSTODY

:  immediate charge and control (as over a ward or a suspect) exercised by a person or an authority; also :  safekeeping

Origin of CUSTODY

Middle English custodie, from Latin custodia guarding, from custod-, custos guardian
First Known Use: 15th century
CUSTODY Defined for Kids


noun cus·to·dy \ˈkə-stə-dē\

Definition of CUSTODY for Kids

:  direct responsibility for care and control <The boy is in the custody of his parents.>
:  the state of being arrested or held by police <The suspect has been taken into custody.>


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