warder

1
[ wawr-der ]
/ ˈwɔr dər /

noun

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.

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Origin of warder

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1350–1400; Middle English warder(e) (see ward, -er1); compare Anglo-French wardere < Middle English

Related forms

ward·er·ship, noun

Definition for warder (2 of 2)

warder

2
[ wawr-der ]
/ ˈwɔr dər /

noun

a truncheon or staff of office or authority, used in giving signals.

Origin of warder

2
1400–50; late Middle English < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for warder (1 of 2)

warder

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feminine wardress

/ (ˈwɔːdə) /

noun

mainly British an officer in charge of prisoners in a jail
a person who guards or has charge of something

Derived Forms

wardership, noun

Word Origin for warder

C14: from Anglo-French wardere, from Old French warder to guard, of Germanic origin

British Dictionary definitions for warder (2 of 2)

warder

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/ (ˈwɔːdə) /

noun

(formerly) a staff or truncheon carried by a ruler as an emblem of authority and used to signal his wishes or intentions

Word Origin for warder

C15: perhaps from Middle English warden to ward
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