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guardian

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noun guard·ian \ˈgär-dē-ən\

Simple Definition of guardian

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  one that guards :  custodian

  2. 2 :  a superior of a Franciscan monastery

  3. 3 :  one who has the care of the person or property of another

guard·ian·ship play \-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



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