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warder1

[wawr-der] /ˈwɔr dər/
noun
1.
a person who guards something, as a doorkeeper or caretaker.
2.
a soldier or other person set to guard an entrance.
3.
Chiefly British. an official having charge of prisoners in a jail.
Origin of warder1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English warder(e) (see ward, -er1); compare Anglo-French wardere < Middle English
Related forms
wardership, noun

warder2

[wawr-der] /ˈwɔr dər/
noun
1.
a truncheon or staff of office or authority, used in giving signals.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English < ?
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  • The prisoner, a warder on each side of him, took a step forward.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • The warder in charge put in an entry from the books of the prison.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • I became a warder with a cap white on one side and yellow on the other.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • Then when my warder came one evening later than usual, I flew on him and felled him.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • The warder, and every soldier who had been on duty that night, were arrested and questioned.

  • There was no warder at the gate of Ascalon; the sentry was gone.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden
  • For the warder had told us that the time allowed for our interview was at an end.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • I at once turned to the warder and asked, "Who is that little fellow?"

  • If the warder thinks them not suspicious persons, they can come into the hall.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for warder

warder1

/ˈwɔːdə/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) an officer in charge of prisoners in a jail
2.
a person who guards or has charge of something
Derived Forms
wardership, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French wardere, from Old French warder to guard, of Germanic origin

warder2

/ˈwɔːdə/
noun
1.
(formerly) a staff or truncheon carried by a ruler as an emblem of authority and used to signal his wishes or intentions
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Middle English warden to ward
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Word Origin and History for warder
n.

c.1400, "guardian of an entrance," from Anglo-French wardere "guardian," agent noun from Old North French warder "to guard" (Old French garder), of Germanic origin (see guard (n.)).

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