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

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Jughead thinks that Warden Norton could be the Gargoyle King…because no one in this bunker knows that the warden is dead yet. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Jughead's Dad Is Up to Something on Riverdale and It's Probably Totally Bad," 29 Nov. 2018 Debbie Broughton, the chief warden with Petersburg Animal Care and Control, arrived at the scene and quickly called technicians at a local auto repair shop called Leete Tire and Auto Service for additional help. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Virginia auto tech hailed as hero after rescuing kitten stuck in car fender for 45 miles," 21 July 2018 The wardens asked us not to go near her for 24 hours. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Strange animal friends: Baby moose, dog break internet hearts," 13 June 2018 At Oakdale Prison, the warden even offered acting tips. Ryan Ebright, New York Times, "Beethoven’s 200-Year-Old ‘Fidelio’ Enters Today’s Prisons," 4 May 2018 Wil Smith and Karen ZulaufDeeper AfricaThey take walking safaris seriously, pairing you up with leading researchers, game wardens, antipoaching teams, and guides for itineraries in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and beyond. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Following decades of working as a game warden and state trooper, Love shifted to corrections after investigating misconduct allegations at the Texas Youth Commission in 2007 as part of a Texas Ranger task force. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "New Texas prisons inspector general to take the helm in June," 23 Apr. 2018 Pickett's family might not be in mortal jeopardy, but his existence— his identity as a game warden and his ability to provide for his wife and daughters — is no less threatened. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "C.J. Box delivers slow-burn environmental thriller in new Joe Pickett mystery," 23 Mar. 2018 Federal prison wardens simply do not award time credits for watching TV. German Lopez, Vox, "The Senate just passed criminal justice reform," 19 Dec. 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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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


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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