guardian

noun
guard·​ian | \ ˈgär-dē-ən How to pronounce guardian (audio) \

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

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Other Words from guardian

guardianship \ ˈgär-​dē-​ən-​ˌship How to pronounce guardianship (audio) \ noun

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

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Students will need consent from their parents or guardians to be excused on Friday, education officials said. Anne Barnard, New York Times, "Climate Strike N.Y.C.: 1.1 Million Can Skip School for Protest," 16 Sep. 2019 The District, however, is prohibited from sharing student information with anyone other than those students’ parents or guardians. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Berlin Eisenhower football players hazed teammates and will be punished, district says," 12 Sep. 2019 All seminars are held at Avon Middle School in the Media Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Parent Seminars are free to all participants, and are geared for parents and guardians. cleveland.com, "North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce hosts Mayoral Forum Sept. 25: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 6 Sep. 2019 All the boys were from out of state and were later returned to their parents or guardians. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Couple who ran religious boarding school in Alabama arrested for human trafficking," 26 Aug. 2019 Two adults were arrested and seven unaccompanied teens were cited and released to their parents or guardians Saturday night, according to state police Sgt. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Police considering charges against teen who may have shot a gun at the Kentucky State Fair," 19 Aug. 2019 The parents or guardians of truant children could face a $2000 fine or up to one year in jail. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Kamala Harris' Attorney General Record, Explained," 16 Aug. 2019 Students whose parents or guardians are currently unemployed and students who benefit from SNAP, FDPIR, TANF or WIC or if their household income is within the Federal Income Eligibility Requirements are also eligible. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD unveils lunch prices for new school year," 15 Aug. 2019 The autism that terrifies these parents and guardians is as divorced from the realities of autistic life as their methods are from actual science. Sarah Kurchak, Vox, "Fake autism treatments show the lengths parents will go to “cure” their kids," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of guardian

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for guardian

Middle English gardein, wardein — more at warden

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guardian

noun

English Language Learners 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

guardian

noun
guard·​ian | \ ˈgär-dē-ən How to pronounce guardian (audio) \

Kids Definition of guardian

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

Other Words from guardian

guardianship \ -​ˌship \ noun

guardian

noun
guard·​ian | \ ˈgär-dē-ən How to pronounce guardian (audio) \

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

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guardianship noun

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