- a person, especially a minor, who has been legally placed under the care of a guardian or a court.
- the state of being under the care or control of a legal guardian.
- guardianship over a minor or some other person legally incapable of managing his or her own affairs.
Origin of ward
OTHER WORDS FROM wardwardless, adjective
Other definitions for ward (2 of 3)
Other definitions for ward (3 of 3)
Origin of -ward
usage note for -ward
WORDS THAT USE -WARD
What does -ward mean?
The suffix –ward is used to mean “in the direction of,” either in time or space. It is often used in everyday and technical terms.
The form –ward comes from Old English –weard, meaning “towards.”
What are variants of –ward?
Examples of -ward
An example of a word you have likely encountered that features –ward is backward, “toward the back or rear.” Backward comes from the Middle English bakwarde, which uses the equivalent of the form in that language.
The first part of the word indicates the direction. In this case, back– means “rear.” As we already know, –ward means “toward” or “in the direction of.” Backward literally means “toward the back” or “in the direction of the back.”
What are some words that use the combining form -ward (using the equivalent form of –ward in Middle or Old English)?
What are some other forms that –ward may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that ends with the exact letters –ward or –wards, such as reward or coward, is necessarily using the combining form –ward to denote “direction.” Learn why coward means “lacking courage” at our entry for the word.
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Given the meaning of the suffix –ward, what does seaward mean?
How to use ward in a sentence
Vicky Ward was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair for 11 years.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And yet as Robert Ward discovered, Marvin—for all of his larger-than-life machismo—was surprising in real life.
You know, Ward, I think I understand my father more every day.
“I would recommend ginger tea first thing in the morning as a great way to ward off an upset stomach,” says White.
Police then spent the next five months investigating Poggiali, careful not to leave her alone in the hospital ward.Nurse Nasty Suspected of Killing 38 People in Italy|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the usual hour that night the employés of Stickle and Screw left work and took their several ways home ward.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
Just as the Admiral was going, Ward (of the Intelligence) crossed over with a nasty little damper.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
The suggestive remarks of Mr. Ward do not appear hitherto to have attracted the attention they deserve.
The parallel to which Mr. Ward refers is that contained in the earlier part of the Prose Lancelot.
The tribal ward headmanʼs district deputies together constitute the police force of the whole ward.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for ward (1 of 3)
- Also called: ward of court a person, esp a minor or one legally incapable of managing his own affairs, placed under the control or protection of a guardian or of a court
- guardianship, as of a minor or legally incompetent person
- an internal ridge or bar in a lock that prevents an incorrectly cut key from turning
- a corresponding groove cut in a key