war·​den | \ ˈwȯr-dᵊn How to pronounce warden (audio) \

Definition of warden

1 : one having care or charge of something : guardian, keeper
b : the governor of a town, district, or fortress
c : a member of the governing body of a guild
3a : an official charged with special supervisory duties or with the enforcement of specified laws or regulations game warden air raid warden
b : an official in charge of the operation of a prison
c : any of various British officials having designated administrative functions warden of the mint
4a : one of two ranking lay officers of an Episcopal parish
b : any of various British college officials whose duties range from the administration of academic matters to the supervision of student discipline

Examples of warden in a Sentence

the warden of the cemetery in his role as warden of the school, a principal must provide a safe environment for the students
Recent Examples on the Web But, the commissioners then decided to hire a consulting company without communicating with the sheriff or warden. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, 17 Nov. 2021 In October, a federal judge held the District of Columbia’s corrections director and jail warden in contempt of court and asked the Justice Department to investigate whether inmates’ civil rights were being abused. NBC News, 16 Nov. 2021 Prior to the season hunters should check their firearms for functionality and accuracy, said Jon King, DNR safety warden, and always keep the four cardinal rules of firearm safety in mind. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Nov. 2021 The man in the photo, a warden whose name is Syahrul, is one of those caretakers. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 The complaint, unsealed on Wednesday, alleges that warden Ray Garcia, 54, digitally penetrated one woman who was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin multiple times. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Sep. 2021 For now, this first hour introduces us to the titular warden and con man and is pretty compelling on its own from a historical perspective. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 20 Aug. 2021 The deputy warden's response also mirrors some of the allegations described in this month's legal complaints against the facility, which detail similar replies from prison staff. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, 30 July 2021 The warden's statements said Rodriguez was served nutritious meals, given soap regularly, and provided adequate sanitation supplies. Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of warden

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for warden

Middle English wardein, from Anglo-French wardein, gardein, from warder to guard

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“Warden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warden. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of warden

: a person who is in charge of or takes care of something
: an official who is in charge of a prison
: any one of various officials at a British college


war·​den | \ ˈwȯr-dᵊn How to pronounce warden (audio) \

Kids Definition of warden

1 : a person who sees that certain laws are followed game warden
2 : the chief official of a prison



Legal Definition of warden

1 : an official charged with special supervisory duties or with the enforcement of specified laws or regulations a game warden
2 : an official in charge of the operation of a prison

History and Etymology for warden

Anglo-French wardein gardein guardian, from warder garder to guard, protect

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