custody

[[t]kʌ̱stədi[/t]]
1) N-UNCOUNT: oft N of n Custody is the legal right to keep and look after a child, especially the right given to a child's mother or father when they get divorced.

I'm going to go to court to get custody of the children...

Child custody is normally granted to the mother.

...a bitter custody battle.

2) PHRASE: PHR after v Someone who is in custody or has been taken into custody has been arrested and is being kept in prison until they can be tried in a court.

Three people appeared in court and two of them were remanded in custody...

She was taken into custody later that day.

3) N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp If someone is being held in a particular type of custody, they are being kept in a place that is similar to a prison.

The youngster got nine months' youth custody...

Barrett was taken into protective custody.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • custody — mid 15c., from L. custodia guarding, watching, keeping, from custos (gen. custodis) guardian, keeper, protector, from PIE * (s)keu to cover, conceal (see HIDE (Cf. hide) (n.1)) …   Etymology dictionary

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