- cus|to|dy [ˈkʌstədi] n [U][Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: custodia 'guarding', from custos 'person who guards']1.) the right to take care of a child, given to one of their parents when they have ↑divorcedcustody of▪ He got custody of his son after the divorce.▪ It is usually the mother who is awarded custody (=legally allowed to have custody) .▪ a dispute over who should have custody of the children▪ The couple will retain joint custody (=they will both have custody) of their daughters.▪ Allen is fighting a bitter custody battle over his three children.2.) when someone is kept in prison until they go to court, because the police think they have committed a crime▪ The committee is looking at alternatives to custody.in custody▪ Police are investigating the death of a man in custody.hold/keep sb in custody▪ A man is being held in police custody in connection with the murder.remand sb in custodyBrE (=send someone to prison to wait until they go to court)▪ A man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a schoolgirl.▪ She was taken into custody as a suspect.3.) formal when someone is responsible for keeping and looking after something▪ Managers are responsible for the safe custody and retention of records.▪ The collection of art books is now in the custody of the university.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.