- a person, especially a minor, who has been legally placed under the care of a guardian or a court.
- the state of being under the care or control of a legal guardian.
- guardianship over a minor or some other person legally incapable of managing his or her own affairs.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of ward
OTHER WORDS FROM wardwardless, adjective
Definition for ward (2 of 3)
Definition for ward (3 of 3)
Origin of -ward
usage note for -ward
Example sentences from the Web for ward
Before the arrests, the Italian navy had defended the men, lauding them for warding off pirates and protecting the Italian vessel.
Good hygiene, students are advised, is important for warding away bad breath and bad smells from that woolen suit.Perfect Your Ho-Ho-Ho’s at the Top Santa-Training School|Nina Strochlic|December 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Albany Regency had determined to prevent any change, and succeeded in warding off legislative action.
It was sufficient for Mascarin to be assured of a danger to find means of warding it off.Caught In The Net|Emile Gaboriau
But with her own more practical husband she had frequently discussed the danger, and the possible methods of warding it off.King Midas|Upton Sinclair
And we could hear in the midst of our warding and striking the bones crack as the iron links of the flail settled about his body.The Men of the Moss-Hags|S. R. Crockett
Even in his unconsciousness he looked as though he were warding off the horror of the sight which had stricken him to the ground.The Hand in the Dark|Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for ward (1 of 3)
- Also called: ward of court a person, esp a minor or one legally incapable of managing his own affairs, placed under the control or protection of a guardian or of a court
- guardianship, as of a minor or legally incompetent person
- an internal ridge or bar in a lock that prevents an incorrectly cut key from turning
- a corresponding groove cut in a key