noun, plural cus·to·dies.
- keeping; guardianship; care.
- the keeping or charge of officers of the law: The car was held in the custody of the police.
- imprisonment; legal restraint: He was taken into custody.
- Also called child custody. Law. the right of determining the residence, protection, care, and education of a minor child or children, especially in a divorce or separation.Compare joint custody, sole custody.
noun plural -dies
- the act of keeping safe or guarding, esp the right of guardianship of a minor
- the state of being held by the police; arrest (esp in the phrases in custody, take into custody)
mid-15c., from Latin custodia “guarding, watching, keeping,” from custos (genitive custodis) “guardian, keeper, protector,” from PIE *(s)keu- “to cover, conceal” (see hide (n.1)).