- 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)
Words nearby ward
Origin of ward
OTHER WORDS FROM wardward·less, adjective
Definition for ward (2 of 3)
Definition for ward (3 of 3)
Origin of -ward
usage note for -ward
Examples from the Web for ward
You know, Ward, I think I understand my father more every day.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They were sent in to help educate villagers about how to ward off the lethal virus.
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.
Yes, Burns and Ward have produced an Intimate History that deftly weaves together the personal and the political.
Then the roof of the ward lifted about an inch, and more wind beat down, and as it beat down, so the roof lifted.The Backwash of War|Ellen N. La Motte
He was standing over her now, and she was cowering before him, her shaking hands rising as though to ward off his eyes.The Ward of King Canute|Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
The first prominent failure in the city took place, I think it was Ward & Co., commission merchants and private bankers.The Adventures of a Forty-niner|Daniel Knower
If I say you must not leave here; that I will not permit my ward to work for her living?Medoline Selwyn's Work|Mrs. J. J. Colter
They pleaded with her, on bended knees, in the village church, to ward off this dread enemy and to send them protection.Our Little Polish Cousin|Florence E. Mendel
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