Etymology
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custody (n.)

mid-15c., "a keeping, a guarding, safe-keeping, protection, defense," from Latin custodia "guarding, watching, keeping," also "prison," from custos (genitive custodis) "guardian, keeper, protector," from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal." Meaning "restraint of liberty, confinement" is from 1580s.

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Definitions of custody

custody (n.)
a state of being confined (usually for a short time);
he is in the custody of police
Synonyms: detention / detainment / hold
custody (n.)
holding by the police;
the suspect is in custody
custody (n.)
(with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child;
the mother was awarded custody of the children
your guests are now in my custody
Synonyms: hands
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