warden

noun
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

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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 warden only approved five of the 256 compassionate release requests filed by that time. NBC News, "Thousands of sick federal prisoners sought release as Covid-19 spread. Nearly all were denied.," 7 Oct. 2020 During World War II, Lea took breakfast to patients and staff in local hospitals while John, her husband, served as an air raid warden. Byron Mccauley, The Enquirer, "At 107, Bea Lea still likes red lipstick, urges goodness," 2 Oct. 2020 Assange, who is fighting an extradition request from the U.S., would likely be sent to the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, if convicted, according to Maureen Baird, a former warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York. Pan Pylas, chicagotribune.com, "Julian Assange will be locked up in Colorado Supermax prison, ex-warden testifies," 29 Sep. 2020 Assange, who is fighting an extradition request from the U.S., would likely be sent to the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colo., if convicted, according to Maureen Baird, a former warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York. Fox News, "Julian Assange could end up at Colorado Supermax prison, former warden says," 29 Sep. 2020 The lawsuit, filed on Friday, alleges that the state of Tennessee, prison warden John Fitz and Department of Correction officers failed to make sure Johnson's home was secure and did not provide adequate staffing that would have prevented her death. Adrian Sainz, Star Tribune, "Lawsuit filed in Tennessee prison administrator's killing," 11 Aug. 2020 Adam Ferrise reports Michelle Henry, an assistant warden at the Lorain Correctional Institution state prison, will make about $96,000 in her new position. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Cleveland City Council could use subpoenas to investigate whether nuclear bailout corruption aimed to destroy Cleveland Public Power: The Wake Up for Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020," 11 Aug. 2020 Kyle Isherwood, the town’s game warden, is hoping that by next year, the transplants will have completed a learning curve regarding trash disposal. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "The Virus Sent Droves to a Small Town. Suddenly, It’s Not So Small.," 26 Sep. 2020 At a certain point, the warden shut off the water in a wing of the facility, forcing at least one detainee to drink from the toilet. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "The Private Georgia Immigration-Detention Facility at the Center of a Whistle-Blower’s Complaint," 19 Sep. 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

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“Warden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warden. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for warden

warden

noun
How to pronounce warden (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of warden

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

warden

noun
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

warden

noun
war·​den

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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