a person who guards something, as a doorkeeper or caretaker.
a soldier or other person set to guard an entrance.
Chiefly British. an official having charge of prisoners in a jail.
- ward·er·ship, noun
Other definitions for warder (2 of 2)
a truncheon or staff of office or authority, used in giving signals.
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How to use warder in a sentence
Johnson Mlambo, also jailed in 1963, was singled out by warder Piet Kleynhans, who said he did not move enough rocks.Nelson Mandela Recovering in South Africa After Brief Hospital Scare | Charlene Smith | February 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The son of a ner-se-ga, a palace warder, or the son of a vowed woman no one has any claim upon.The Oldest Code of Laws in the World | Hammurabi, King of Babylon
Yet a convent is well enclosed and guarded, with bars to the windows, walls of height and a warder who keeps the keys.Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
The double doors were unlocked, the prisoner ascended a few steps, followed by the Lieutenant, and a warder of the higher class.The Fortunes of Nigel | Sir Walter Scott
A warder attended to do the honours of the table, and made a sign to the disguised female to rise and assist him in his functions.The Fortunes of Nigel | Sir Walter Scott
The warder, and every soldier who had been on duty that night, were arrested and questioned.Under Wellington's Command | G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for warder (1 of 2)
mainly British an officer in charge of prisoners in a jail
a person who guards or has charge of something
- wardership, noun
British Dictionary definitions for warder (2 of 2)
(formerly) a staff or truncheon carried by a ruler as an emblem of authority and used to signal his wishes or intentions
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