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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Nearby words

  1. ward, lester frank,
  2. ward, mrs. humphry,
  3. warded,
  4. warden,
  5. wardenry,
  6. wardian case,
  7. wardmote,
  8. wardour street,
  9. wardour-street,
  10. wardress

Origin of warder

1
1350–1400; Middle English warder(e) (see ward, -er1); compare Anglo-French wardere < Middle English

Related formsward·er·ship, noun

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

warder

1

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 Formswardership, noun

Word Origin for warder

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

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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Word Origin and History for warder

warder

n.

c.1400, "guardian of an entrance," from Anglo-French wardere "guardian," agent noun from Old North French warder "to guard" (Old French garder), of Germanic origin (see guard (n.)).

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