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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An ongoing investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has yielded indictments against the former jail director, former warden, and 10 corrections officers. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County Council shoots down Budish proposal that could have allowed non-county resident to be sheriff," 4 Sep. 2019 Catherine Linaweaver, who retired in 2014 after 16 months as the MCC’s warden, said some people were overreacting to Epstein’s suicide because he was well known. Larry Neumeister, SFChronicle.com, "Federal prison agency comes under scrutiny," 12 Aug. 2019 The parish jail warden, Roland Rodrigue, did not return a request for comment. al.com, "Accused Blue Bell ice cream licker: Video doesn’t tell the full story," 9 July 2019 Gordon was a lifelong Episcopalian and member, warden and vestryman of the Church of the Holy Trinity. courant.com, "Gordon W. Adams," 28 Aug. 2019 And Cory closes the segment with his take on the guilty plea of the former Cuyahoga County jail warden and his promise to cooperate with criminal investigations there. cleveland.com, "Botched voter purge, death knell for executions, three controversial judges, Cleveland’s rare moment and Troy Smith on the Avengers -- This Week in the CLE," 22 Aug. 2019 The death sparked harsh criticism of the federal prison system and led former wardens and U.S. lawmakers to question how a high-profile inmate could get the opportunity to take his own life after what was believed to be a previous attempt. NBC News, "Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in Manhattan jail cell, autopsy report says," 16 Aug. 2019 His death prompted the Justice Department to place two guards on leave and remove the jail’s warden pending the outcome of investigations by the FBI and the department’s inspector general. sun-sentinel.com, "Jeffrey Epstein’s accuser sues as questions swirl about sex offender’s death," 14 Aug. 2019 His death prompted the Justice Department to place two guards assigned to watch Epstein on administrative leave and temporarily reassign the jail’s warden to an office post pending the outcome of two investigations. Michael Balsamo, The Denver Post, "Jeffrey Epstein jail guards suspected of falsifying logs, AP sources say," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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