warden

noun war·den \ ˈwȯr-dᵊn \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of warden

1 : one having care or charge of something : guardian, keeper
2 a : regent 2
b : the governor of a town, district, or fortress
c : a member of the governing body of a guild
3 a : 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
4 a : 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

  1. the warden of the cemetery

  2. in his role as warden of the school, a principal must provide a safe environment for the students

Recent Examples of warden from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of warden

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



WARDEN Defined for English Language Learners

warden

noun

Definition of warden for English Language Learners

  • : 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


WARDEN Defined for Kids

warden

noun war·den \ ˈwȯr-dᵊn \

Definition of warden for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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

Origin and Etymology of warden

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



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