Definition of custodian in English:


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  • 1A person who has responsibility for or looks after something.

    ‘the custodians of pension and insurance funds’
    • ‘Mr Honner pointed out that farmers today have huge responsibilities as custodians of animals and the environment and as food producers.’
    • ‘Physicians, health authorities and other custodians are responsible for explaining to their patients why information is being collected and how it will be used, shared and protected.’
    • ‘It is for this reason that there is urgent need for authorities to do an on-the-spot check of the assets as required by law so that the rightful custodians take care of the property.’
    • ‘Currently, though, and from a historical standpoint, the custodians and protectors of the document inspire little confidence.’
    • ‘As prisoners, they were totally at the mercy of their guards, their custodians, who have a responsibility to take care of them.’
    • ‘Deputy Kenny said that farmers are the best custodians of the physical environment that we have and have always shown a responsibility in reacting to leadership in this area.’
    • ‘The system enhances the patient-provider relationship by designating a patient's principal care provider as the custodian and administrator of the patient's record in the system.’
    • ‘Sometimes their role as custodians and protectors of biodiversity is not even acknowledged.’
    • ‘‘In retirement, you still have responsibility as the custodian of patient records,’ says McGee.’
    • ‘When the society put the gardens and the Yorkshire Museum into trust in the early 1960s the custodian responsibility for them was put in the hands of the local authority.’
    • ‘The state custodians had failed to discharge their responsibility to protect investors from being swindled by unscrupulous people who were determined to enrich themselves at all costs.’
    • ‘To do so, the taxpayer must instruct the IRA custodian to recharacterize the contribution.’
    • ‘In the final analysis, the national museums are the only custodians of these treasures.’
    • ‘He may own the majority shareholding but he is only the present custodian.’
    • ‘A lot of the money was going to help firefighters and policemen, and not a lot was for custodians or attendants or restaurant workers.’
    • ‘Another key outcome of these new initiatives is to increase the number of custodians guiding the quality of urban design in our cities.’
    • ‘However the hotel industry has to make an effort to benefit the countryside since farmers are its custodians.’
    • ‘Instead of being creators, custodians and disseminators of knowledge they become part of a network of players contributing to problems often identified by external organisations or communities.’
    • ‘There may be no explicit provision in the Constitution of India making it necessary for the custodians of State authority to let the minorities have their due share in the country's institutions of governance.’
    • ‘As he points out, one of the cornerstones of the new concept of multifunctional agriculture envisaged by the EU for its farmers is to promote and support the role of farmers as custodians of the countryside.’
    curator, keeper, conservator, guardian, overseer, superintendent
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    1. 1.1US A person employed to clean and maintain a building.
      ‘He was a carpenter, millwright, agent, and building custodian.’
      • ‘Cassie got her things watching the custodians clean the floor and bathrooms.’
      • ‘The deal gave promotions and added seniority to 59 minorities who are employed as custodians by the city's school board.’
      • ‘Fortunately, the school was not in session at the time and the custodians working in the building were unharmed.’
      • ‘I was the first of eighteen cousins to earn more than one master's degree, and yet the only job I could find in my town was as an elementary school custodian.’
      • ‘The service workers, many of whom are immigrants and minorities, perform a wide range of jobs at the UC, serving as custodians, food servers, cooks, bus drivers, mail deliverers and grounds keepers.’
      • ‘The decision impacts some 250 workers - nursing assistants, laundry workers, custodians - at the county-owned nursing home.’
      • ‘It is estimated about 20 percent of the district's 1,300 custodians, cafeteria workers, secretaries and library workers took part in the sickout.’
      • ‘My son-in-law tells me that Hillis was the custodian at Georgia Brown School when he got his first teaching job in Paso.’
      • ‘Pogo found that at six nuclear facilities the security guards were paid anywhere from $1 to $4 less per hour than custodians and janitors working at the same plant.’
      • ‘He would never do that; he was not a custodian or a janitor.’



/kəsˈtōdēən/ /kəsˈtoʊdiən/


Early 17th century from Latin custodia (see custody) + -an.