- a person who guards something, as a doorkeeper or caretaker.
- a soldier or other person set to guard an entrance.
- Chiefly British. an official having charge of prisoners in a jail.
Origin of warder1
- a truncheon or staff of office or authority, used in giving signals.
Origin of warder2
Examples from the Web for warder
Johnson Mlambo, also jailed in 1963, was singled out by warder Piet Kleynhans, who said he did not move enough rocks.Nelson Mandela Recovering in South Africa After Brief Hospital Scare
February 27, 2012
The prisoner, a warder on each side of him, took a step forward.A Nest of Spies
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
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.Under Wellington's Command
G. A. Henty
- mainly British an officer in charge of prisoners in a jail
- a person who guards or has charge of something
- (formerly) a staff or truncheon carried by a ruler as an emblem of authority and used to signal his wishes or intentions
Word Origin and History for warder
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.)).