Pronunciation: (kus'tu-dē),[key] —n., —pl.-dies. 1. keeping; guardianship; care.
2. the keeping or charge of officers of the law: The car was held in the custody of the police. 3. imprisonment; legal restraint: He was taken into custody. 4. Also called child custody.Law.the right of determining the residence, protection, care, and education of a minor child or children, esp. in a divorce or separation. Cf. joint custody, sole custody.