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noun (1)

ward·​er ˈwȯr-dər How to pronounce warder (audio)
: warden
: a prison guard


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noun (2)

war·​der ˈwȯr-dər How to pronounce warder (audio)
: a truncheon used by a king or commander in chief to signal orders

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The review spanned 10 facilities and consulted with prison warders, corrections officers, public defenders and experts. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 21 July 2023 While in the camp, Nynaeve, who’s shown some talent at channeling herself, becomes closer to Lan, Moiraine’s warder. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 26 Nov. 2021 At camp, Lan catches up with a few of his burly colleagues, including Kerene's warder, the ax-wielding Stepin (Peter Franzén). Randall Colburn, EW.com, 26 Nov. 2021 Piranesi isn’t the narrator’s real name; that’s only what his warder, known as the Other, calls him. Jason Kehe, Wired, 21 Sep. 2020 One of the best, most solitary views in the park is from the High Rocks, where an old warder’s cabin sits beside a gray bluff that once supported a fire tower. Neil Norman, Outside Online, 8 Oct. 2019

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French wardere, from warde

Noun (2)

Middle English, staff, perhaps from warden to ward

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of warder was in the 15th century

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“Warder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warder. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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