- 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.
Origin of ward
OTHER WORDS FROM wardwardless, adjective
Other definitions for ward (2 of 3)
Other definitions for ward (3 of 3)
Origin of -ward
usage note for -ward
How to use ward in a sentence
My sister is a nurse on a covid-19 ward, and I want her to be able to do her job safely.Covid-19 vaccines shouldn’t get emergency-use authorization|Amy Nordrum|November 13, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Her roommate in the covid-19 ward, an elderly woman, was having a difficult night.While America fixated on election results, Americans battled covid-19|Ashley Fetters|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
“It’s a lot easier to get to 50 percent than it is to get to 66 percent,” Ward said.Demand for Housing Solutions Has Reached New Heights|Lisa Halverstadt|November 5, 2020|Voice of San Diego
The county’s only hospital, Mount Nittany Medical Center, deployed its “surge capacity plan” and dedicated 21 beds to a coronavirus ward.Football is back in Happy Valley. The coronavirus never left.|Kent Babb|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
On March 26, Jordan announced his decision to fire Ward and Galloway.Portland police threw dead possums at her family’s restaurant in 1981. Now she’s running for mayor.|Monica Rodman|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
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
For Arab women, however, warding off fundamentalists is only half the battle.
She wished to be alone in her trouble, and see if she could decide upon some plan for warding off this impending ruin.File No. 113|Emile Gaboriau
Heika devoted his attention to warding off missiles from his brother, who, having to use his bow, could not manage a shield.The Norsemen in the West|R.M. Ballantyne
It was Katy's shield and buckler, warding off many a cold criticism which might otherwise have been passed upon her.Family Pride|Mary J. Holmes
By a Fabian policy of watching, waiting, warding, and assaulting at the right moment.
The best possible means of warding off an attack is to take a strong and powerful initiative.1914|John French, Viscount of Ypres
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