noun guard·ian \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

GUARDIANSHIP Defined for Kids


noun guard·ian \ˈgär-dē-ən\

Definition of GUARDIAN for Kids

:  a person who guards or looks after something :  custodian
:  a person who legally has the care of another person or of another person's property
guard·ian·ship \-ˌship\ noun


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