- 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
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Examples from the Web for guardian
According to a ticket seller who spoke to The Guardian, the site still receives only 10 visitors a day, on average.Egypt Ain’t The Only Pyramid Show In Town
December 11, 2014
Down 29 percent since 2005, according to a Guardian survey of book authors.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer
December 3, 2014
“I laid out there for two and a half hours and my guardian angel showed up—rapper T.I.,” Stapp told MTV News.Creed Singer Scott Stapp’s Fall From Grace: From 40 Million Albums Sold to Living in a Holiday Inn
November 27, 2014
In the same interview with the Guardian, he started a diplomatic war with South Africa.Democratic Africa Gets Its First White Leader
October 29, 2014
They say The Guardian has been dragging its feet on the pursuit of NSA-related stories while keeping the Times on a short leash.Is The Guardian Holding Back The New York Times’ Snowden Stories?
October 14, 2014
Let me beseech you, Madam, to be the guardian of my reputation!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
But before that, Katy, I led my guardian into the room, and showed him everything.
My guardian, John Gilman, is engaged to marry my sister Eileen.
Could it be that Agnes, her guardian angel, was angry in the knowledge that she was happy?The Dream
My physician and my guardian, not knowing what else to do with me, sent me abroad.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- one who looks after, protects, or defendsthe guardian of public morals
- lawsomeone legally appointed to manage the affairs of a person incapable of acting for himself, as a minor or person of unsound mind
- 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
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.