- a person charged with the care or custody of persons, animals, or things; keeper.
- the chief administrative officer in charge of a prison.
- any of various public officials charged with superintendence, as over a port or wildlife.
- air-raid warden.
- (in Connecticut) the chief executive officer of a borough.
- (formerly) the principal official in a region, town, etc.
- (initial capital letter)a traditional title of the president or governor of certain schools and colleges: Warden of Merton College.
- a member of a livery company of the City of London.
- Canadian. the head of certain county or local councils.
- a member of the governing body of a guild.
- a churchwarden.
- a gatekeeper.
Origin of warden
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- any of several pears having a crisp, firm flesh, used in cookery.
Examples from the Web for warden
As in most prisons, the “trusty” was a convict the warden trusted and thus had special privileges.The Tragic History of Southern Food
November 12, 2014
Prison guards in Lima found a contraband mobile phone in his prison cell that he claimed was given to him by the warden.Did Joran Van Der Sloot Fake His Prison Shanking?
Andrea Zarate, Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 5, 2014
The backlash and bad publicity from the escape is much more than the warden ever wanted, but he will have to deal with it.
As prisons go, it is rather tame, and Warden Kevin Jones likes it that way.
No warden in my position would like something like this to happen.
The outrage on the Warden was not so grotesque, but the effect was the same.
He wore no collar nor any coat; nor did he bring one with him, so the Warden said.
There was nothing of the Warden's estimate in these eyes; nothing of cruelty nor deceit nor greed.
I waited in the Warden's office until the deputies came for the prisoner.
The guard treated him unfairly, lied about him to the warden, lost his credits, persecuted him.White Fang
- a person who has the charge or care of something, esp a building, or someone
- any of various public officials, esp one responsible for the enforcement of certain regulations
- a person employed to patrol a national park or safari park
- mainly US and Canadian the chief officer in charge of a prison
- British the principal or president of any of various universities or colleges
- See churchwarden (def. 1)
- a variety of pear that has crisp firm flesh and is used for cooking
Word Origin and History for warden
early 13c., "one who guards," from Old North French wardein, from Frankish *warding- (cf. Old French guardenc), from *wardon "to watch, guard" (see ward (v.)). Meaning "governor of a prison" is recorded from c.1300.