noun \ˈgär-dē-ən\

: someone or something that watches or protects something

law : someone who takes care of another person or of another person's property

Full Definition of GUARDIAN

:  one that guards :  custodian
:  a superior of a Franciscan monastery
:  one who has the care of the person or property of another
guard·ian·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of GUARDIAN

  1. After the death of her parents, her uncle was appointed as her legal guardian.
  2. <the state became his guardian when he was put into protective custody>

Origin of GUARDIAN

Middle English gardein, wardein — more at warden
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with GUARDIAN


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In law, one who has, or is legally appointed to, the care and management of another, usually a minor. A natural guardian is a guardian by natural relationship (usually the father or mother). A guardian may be appointed by the court when it decides that a child needs one (usually when the parents have died or disappeared).


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