- 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.
verb (used with object)
Origin of ward
Synonyms for ward
Origin of -ward
Related Words for warddepartment, parish, precinct, care, division, territory, zone, diocese, area, canton, quarter, keeping, safekeeping, protection, dependent, orphan, pensioner, charge, client, pupil
Examples from the Web for ward
Contemporary Examples of ward
You know, Ward, I think I understand my father more every day.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
“I would recommend ginger tea first thing in the morning as a great way to ward off an upset stomach,” says White.5 Hangover Cures to Save You After a Few Too Many
December 19, 2014
They were sent in to help educate villagers about how to ward off the lethal virus.The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers
September 20, 2014
In that vein, Burns and Ward stress how TR, ER, and FDR “overcame … the traumas of their childhoods” and young adult lives.
Here, Burns and Ward not only introduce us to the diverse projects and achievements of the New Deal.
Historical Examples of ward
"Miss Ward's case has not yet been settled," she said slowly.
But are you quite certain that you are acting wisely, Miss Ward?
Small as the incident was, it marked a change in Sidney's position in the ward.
She was back in the hospital again, this time in the children's ward.
The ward sat up, remembered that it was not the Sabbath, smiled across from bed to bed.
- Also called: ward of courta 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
Word Origin for ward
Word Origin for -ward
Old English weard "a guarding, a watchman, a sentry," from West Germanic *wardo (cf. Old Saxon ward, Old Norse vörðr, Old High German wart). Used for administrative districts (at first in the sense of guardianship) from late 14c.; of hospital divisions from 1749. Meaning "minor under control of a guardian" is from early 15c. Ward-heeler is 1890, from heeler "loafer, one on the lookout for shady work" (1870s).
Old English weardian "to keep guard," from Proto-Germanic *wardojan- (cf. Old Saxon wardon, Old Norse varða "to guard," Old Frisian wardia, Middle Dutch waerden "to take care of," Old High German warten "to guard, look out for, expect," German warten "to wait, wait on, nurse, tend"), from *wardo- (see ward (n.)). French garder, Italian guardare, Spanish guardar are Germanic loan-words. Meaning "to parry, to fend off" (now usually with off) is recorded from 1570s. Related: Warded; warding.
adverbial suffix expressing direction, Old English -weard "toward," literally "turned toward," sometimes -weardes, with genitive singular ending of neuter adjectives, from Proto-Germanic *warth (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian -ward, Old Norse -verðr), variant of PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). The original notion is of "turned toward."