[ wawr-dn ]
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  1. a person charged with the care or custody of persons, animals, or things; keeper.

  2. the chief administrative officer in charge of a prison.

  1. any of various public officials charged with superintendence, as over a port or wildlife.

  2. (in Connecticut) the chief executive officer of a borough.

  3. (formerly) the principal official in a region, town, etc.

  4. British.

    • (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.

  5. Canadian. the head of certain county or local councils.

  6. a member of the governing body of a guild.

  7. a churchwarden.

  8. a gatekeeper.

Origin of warden

1175–1225; Middle English wardein<Old French (northeast dial.), equivalent to ward- (root of warder to guard; see ward) + -ein, variant of -ien, -enc<Germanic -ing-ing3

Other words for warden

Other words from warden

  • ward·en·ship, noun
  • sub·war·den, noun
  • sub·war·den·ship, noun
  • un·der·war·den, noun

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[ wawr-dn ]

nounBritish: Archaic.
  1. any of several pears having a crisp, firm flesh, used in baking and cooking.

Origin of Warden

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English wardoun, wardon(e); of uncertain origin; perhaps from Anglo-French or Anglo-Latin wardō (inflectional stem wardōn-)

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British Dictionary definitions for warden (1 of 2)


/ (ˈwɔːdən) /

  1. a person who has the charge or care of something, esp a building, or someone

  2. any of various public officials, esp one responsible for the enforcement of certain regulations

  1. a person employed to patrol a national park or safari park

  2. mainly US and Canadian the chief officer in charge of a prison

  3. British the principal or president of any of various universities or colleges

Origin of warden

C13: from Old Northern French wardein, from warder to guard, of Germanic origin; see guard

Derived forms of warden

  • wardenry, noun

British Dictionary definitions for warden (2 of 2)


/ (ˈwɔːdən) /

  1. a variety of pear that has crisp firm flesh and is used for cooking

Origin of warden

C15: of obscure origin

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