[gahr-dee-uh n-ship]


the position and responsibilities of a guardian, especially toward a ward.
care; responsibility; charge.

Origin of guardianship

First recorded in 1545–55; guardian + -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for guardianship

custody, safekeeping, watch, protection, trust, tutelage, care, tutorship

Examples from the Web for guardianship

Contemporary Examples of guardianship

Historical Examples of guardianship

  • He explained the necessity of it to Angelique, by speaking of the guardianship.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Imogen is under the guardianship of simplicity, her favourite pupil.


    William Godwin

  • To women has been granted the guardianship of the Life-Force.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Her grandfather found her at last and took her under his guardianship.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • These creatures were for the guardianship of the human race.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

Word Origin and History for guardianship

1550s, from guardian + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper