watch and ward


: continuous unbroken vigilance and guard
: service as a watchman or sentinel required from a feudal tenant

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of watch and ward was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Watch and ward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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