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[gahr-dee-uh n] /ˈgɑr di ən/
a person who guards, protects, or preserves.
Law. a person who is entrusted by law with the care of the person or property, or both, of another, as a minor or someone legally incapable of managing his or her own affairs.
the superior of a Franciscan convent.
guarding; protecting:
a guardian deity.
Origin of guardian
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English gardein < Anglo-French. See warden
Related forms
guardianless, adjective
underguardian, noun
1. protector, defender.
Pronunciation note
Guardian is occasionally pronounced with two syllables and with stress on the final syllable:
[gahr-deen] /gɑrˈdin/ (Show IPA).
This pronunciation is now most characteristic of older, less educated speakers. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for guardian
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  • She said if I was any sort of a guardian of the poor perhaps I could put it in a home.

  • "Tell my father that I'm here and will be in presently," she commanded the guardian.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • On the other hand, my ears were pulled much too often by my guardian because I did look at it.

    Against the Current Edward A. Steiner
  • We can make him the keeper of our moral precepts and the guardian of our lives.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • It is well you charge my guardian's son with nothing but kindness.

    Norston's Rest Ann S. Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for guardian


one who looks after, protects, or defends: the guardian of public morals
  1. (law) someone legally appointed to manage the affairs of a person incapable of acting for himself, as a minor or person of unsound mind
  2. (social welfare) (in England) a local authority, or person accepted by it, named under the Mental Health Act 1983 as having the powers to require a mentally disordered person to live at a specified place, attend for treatment, and be accessible to a doctor or social worker
(often capital) (in England) another word for custos
protecting or safeguarding
Derived Forms
guardianship, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for guardian

early 14c., garden; early 15c., gardein, from Anglo-French gardein (late 13c.), from Old French gardien "keeper, custodian," earlier guarden, from Frankish *warding- (see guard (n.)). Guardian angel is from 1630s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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