guardian

noun guard·ian \ ˈgär-dē-ən \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of guardian

1 : one that guards : custodian
2 : a superior of a Franciscan monastery
3 : one who has the care of the person or property of another

guardianship

play \ˈgär-dē-ən-ˌship\ noun

Examples of guardian in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of guardian

Middle English gardein, wardein — more at warden


GUARDIAN Defined for English Language Learners

guardian

noun

Definition of guardian for English Language Learners

  • : someone or something that watches or protects something

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


GUARDIAN Defined for Kids

guardian

noun guard·ian \ ˈgär-dē-ən \

Definition of guardian for Students

1 : a person who guards or looks after something : custodian
2 : a person who legally has the care of another person or of another person's property

guardianship

\-ˌship\ noun

Law Dictionary

guardian

noun guard·ian \ ˈgär-dē-ən \

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
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

guardianship

noun


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