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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The Faribault and Shakopee wardens will swap roles on Sept. 4. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Seven state prisons will get new wardens under new plan from MN Corrections Department," 7 June 2019 One the night that Archie escapes from the jail, the warden is informed that Mayor Lodge, also Hermione, wants to have a word with him. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Every "Riverdale" Character That's Been Killed Off," 10 May 2019 But a long list of officials — congressmen, the U.S. attorney and even the warden at her prison — have asked the pardon attorney to reconsider. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump grants clemency to grandma whose case was championed by Kim Kardashian West," 6 June 2018 The warden was arrested on a misdemeanor at the culmination of the investigation, but the judge has dismissed the charge. Ashley Remkus, AL.com, "Morgan sheriff and deputies acted criminally in probe of blogger and warden, judge says," 27 Apr. 2018 The warden, after all, held great sway over his living conditions in one of the nation’s most notorious — and dangerous — prisons. Tim Dahlberg, The Seattle Times, "The Masters drawing that helped free a man from prison," 13 Apr. 2019 The gator was turned over to the game warden to be released in a secure location, the news station reported. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas police catch 8-foot alligator heading toward Walmart in wild video," 28 June 2018 During the investigation which began in March 2016, game wardens in plain clothes offered to sell fish to seafood markets and restaurants along the upper Texas coast. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Houston restaurants, fish markets cited for illegally purchasing game fish," 17 Apr. 2018 On Sunday, the dog warden and humane officers showed how Porsche is making progress. Cincinnati.com, "Butler County dog warden: Boxer found in critical condition making progress," 25 Mar. 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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