• IPA: /ˈkʌstədiː/ (Estuary English)

custody (uncountable)

  1. The legal right to take care of something or somebody, especially children.
    The court awarded custody to the child's father.
  2. Temporary possession or care of somebody else's property.
    I couldn't pay the bill and now my passport is in custody of the hotel management.
  3. The state of being imprisoned or detained, usually pending a trial.
    He was mistreated while in police custody.
  4. (Roman Catholicism) An area under the jurisdiction of a custos within the Order of Friars Minor.
    The Custody of the Holy Land includes the monasteries of Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Jerusalem.
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