AskDefine | Define custodian

Dictionary Definition

custodian n : one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals [syn: keeper, steward]

User Contributed Dictionary



From custodire


  1. A person entrusted with the custody or care of something or someone; a caretaker or keeper.
    After their parents' death, their aunt became the children's custodian.
    The building's custodian could fix nearly anything, but it seemed he never did.
  2. (US) a janitor (US); a cleaner

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Extensive Definition

The term Custodian may refer to:
  • Janitor, a person who cleans and maintains buildings
  • Custodian bank, an organization responsible for safeguarding a firm's or individual's financial assets.
  • Custodian helmet, the helmet worn by many members of the British Police Force
  • A legal guardian or conservator may be called a custodian in some jurisdictions

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

MC, air warden, attendant, attorney, bailiff, bull, butler, caretaker, castellan, cerberus, char, charwoman, cleaner, cleaner-off, cleaner-up, cleaning lady, cleaning man, cleaning woman, commandant, conservator, croupier, curator, custos, emcee, factor, forest ranger, game warden, gamekeeper, gaoler, governor, guard, guardian, guardian angel, housekeeper, jailer, janitor, janitress, keeper, landreeve, librarian, lifeguard, lifesaver, majordomo, master of ceremonies, next friend, overseer, principal keeper, prison guard, prochein ami, proctor, procurator, ranger, screw, seneschal, shepherd, steward, supervisor, turnkey, warden, warder, watchdog
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