Thesaurus

guardian

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of guardian

1 a person or group that watches over someone or something
  • the state became his guardian when he was put into protective custody

Synonyms for guardian

Words Related to guardian

2 a person who takes care of a property sometimes for an absent owner
  • the guardians of the summer estate awaited the return of the tycoon

Synonyms for guardian

Words Related to guardian

3 someone that protects
  • the editor defended his newspaper's unrelenting exposure of government corruption, arguing that it is journalism's role to act as a guardian of democracy

Synonyms for guardian

Words Related to guardian

4 a person who has responsibility for the care of another
  • when her parents died, her aunt became her legal guardian

Synonyms for guardian

Words Related to guardian

Near Antonyms for guardian

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about guardian

Time Traveler for guardian

Time Traveler

The first known use of guardian was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Guardian.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/guardian. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on guardian

Dictionary: Definition of guardian

Nglish: Translation of guardian for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of guardian for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about guardian

Comments on guardian

What made you want to look up guardian? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!