custody etymology

English word custody comes from Latin custos, and later Latin custodia (Custody, guardianship. Protection, safekeeping.)

Detailed word origin of custody

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
custos Latin (lat) A guard, protector. A guardian, tutor. A jailer. A keeper, custodian.
custodia Latin (lat) Custody, guardianship. Protection, safekeeping.
custody English (eng) Temporary possession or care of somebody else's property.. The legal right to take care of something or somebody, especially children.. The state of being imprisoned or detained, usually pending a trial.