war·​den | \ ˈwȯr-dᵊn \

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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Though he wasn't jailed there during his stint in prison, Hiram made some mysterious visits to the Shankshaw, and received mail from the warden. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Comprehensive List of All of Hiram Lodge's Schemes on "Riverdale"," 13 Dec. 2018 The agency has served as the warden for Fannie and Freddie—which underwrite nearly half of all U.S. mortgages—since the two companies were taken over by the government during the financial crisis 10 years ago. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Mel Watt Sued by Government Employee Alleging Sexual Harassment, Retaliation," 20 Aug. 2018 One of Judith's biggest advocates from the start was Nancy Botkin, who spent 24 years working in Texas prisons and was the warden at Hilltop for eight years before retiring in 2004. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "This Texas Organization Uses Books to Reconnect Female Prison Inmates With Their Children," 23 Aug. 2018 This is especially noticeable with regard to Caputo (Nick Sandow), the former warden of Litchfield, who tries to turn himself into a Columbo and prove that Taystee didn’t do it. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Orange Is the New Black season 6 is a good argument for the show to end soon," 27 July 2018 His son and daughter-in-law, who respectively were warden and business manager of Avoyelles Correctional Center, were indicted last year for using state credits to make personal purchases, among other charges. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "Edwards, Kennedy spar over early prisoner release facts," 21 Feb. 2018 Paulson, also pictured in Murphy's snap alongside Lange, is reprising her Coven and Murder House roles this time, as well as introducing a new character—a mysterious, post-apocalyptic warden known as Ms Venable. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Ryan Murphy Finally Shared the First Look at Jessica Lange's Return to American Horror Story," 20 Sep. 2018 In any case, the cartoonishly evil warden forces Archie to take Joaquin’s place in the fight club, and Archie appears to have casually developed superhuman fighting abilities, so acquits himself extremely well. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 6 Craziest Things That Happened On Riverdale Tonight," 25 Oct. 2018 The game and cheering seem to be going well for a moment, but then, on a signal from H, the warden calls out extra guards in riot gear who ambush the inmates. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 2: Betty and Jughead Have a New Mystery to Solve," 18 Oct. 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 \

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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