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
Examples of guardian in a sentence
After the death of her parents, her uncle was appointed as her legal guardian.
<the state became his guardian when he was put into protective custody>
Origin and Etymology of guardian
Middle English gardein, wardein — more at warden
First Known Use: 15th century
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Legal Definition of guardian
: one who has or is entitled or legally appointed to the care and management of the person or property of another — compare committee, conservator, curator, receiver, tutor guardian ad litem \-ad-ˈlī-təm, -äd-ˈlē-tem\ : a guardian appointed by a court to represent in a particular lawsuit the interests of a minor, a person not yet born, or a person judged incompetent guardian by nature : natural guardian in this entry natural guardian : a guardian by natural relationship having custody of the person but not the property of a minor Editor's note: Under common law the father is considered the natural guardian of a child until his death or incapacitation, whereupon the mother becomes the natural guardian. Many states have passed statutes giving both parents equal rights as guardians. statutory guardian : a guardian appointed by statutory authority testamentary guardian : a person named in a will to serve as a guardian
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