guardian


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guard·i·an

 (gär′dē-ən)
n.
1. One that guards, watches over, or protects.
2. Law
a. One who is legally responsible for the care and management of the person or property of an incompetent or minor.
3. A superior in a Franciscan monastery.

[Middle English gardein, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French gardien, from alteration of gardenc, from garder, to guard; see guard.]

guard′i·an·ship′ n.

guardian

(ˈɡɑːdɪən)
n
1. one who looks after, protects, or defends: the guardian of public morals.
2. (Law)
a. law someone legally appointed to manage the affairs of a person incapable of acting for himself, as a minor or person of unsound mind
b. social welfare (in England) a local authority, or person accepted by it, named under the Mental Health Act 1983 as having the powers to require a mentally disordered person to live at a specified place, attend for treatment, and be accessible to a doctor or social worker
3. (Roman Catholic Church) (often capital) (in England) another word for custos
adj
(Ecclesiastical Terms) protecting or safeguarding
ˈguardianˌship n

guard•i•an

(ˈgɑr di ən)

n.
1. a person who guards, protects, or preserves.
2. a person legally entrusted with the care of another's person or property, as that of a minor or someone legally incapacitated.
adj.
3. guarding; protecting: a guardian deity.
[1375–1425; late Middle English gardein < Anglo-French. See warden]
guard′i•an•less, adj.

guardian

1. 'guardian'

A young person's guardian is someone who is legally appointed to look after their affairs, usually because their parents are dead.

2. 'guard'

You do not use guardian to refer to a railway official who travels on a train and makes sure that it arrives and leaves at the correct time. This official is called the guard or conductor in British English.

In American English, he or she is called the conductor.

If anybody has lost anything, please contact the guard at the back of the train.
The conductor stopped the train, and Union Pacific called 911 to report the fire.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.guardian - a person who cares for persons or propertyguardian - a person who cares for persons or property
admonisher, monitor, reminder - someone who gives a warning so that a mistake can be avoided
bodyguard, escort - someone who escorts and protects a prominent person
paladin, champion, fighter, hero - someone who fights for a cause
chaperon, chaperone - one who accompanies and supervises a young woman or gatherings of young people
custodian, keeper, steward - one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals
fire fighter, fire-eater, firefighter, fireman - a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires
foster parent, foster-parent - a person who acts as parent and guardian for a child in place of the child's natural parents but without legally adopting the child
guard - a person who keeps watch over something or someone
keeper - someone in charge of other people; "am I my brother's keeper?"
law officer, lawman, peace officer - an officer of the law
patron saint - a saint who is considered to be a defender of some group or nation
peacekeeper - someone who keeps peace; "she's the peacekeeper in that family"
preserver - someone who keeps safe from harm or danger
tribune - (ancient Rome) an official elected by the plebeians to protect their interests
watchdog - a guardian or defender against theft or illegal practices or waste; "she is the global watchdog for human rights abuses"

guardian

noun keeper, champion, defender, guard, trustee, warden, curator, protector, warder, custodian, preserver He regards himself as a guardian of traditional values.

guardian

noun
A person who is legally responsible for the person or property of another considered by law to be incompetent to manage his or her affairs:
Translations
حارِسوَصي، وَلي أمْر
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værgevogter
edunvalvojahuoltajasuojelijavahtivartija
gyám
forráîamaîurgæslumaîur
globojimas
aizbildnisapsargātājssargs
poručník
čuvaj

guardian

[ˈgɑːdɪən]
A. N
1.protector(a) m/f, guardián/ana m/f
2. (Jur) [of child] → tutor(a) m/f
B. CPD guardian angel Nángel m custodio, ángel m de la guarda

guardian

[ˈgɑːrdiən] n
[minor] → tuteur/trice m/f
[peace, morality, values] → gardien(ne) m/fguardian angel nange m gardien

guardian

nHüter(in), Wächter(in) m(f); (Jur) → Vormund m; guardian of traditionHüter(in) m(f)der Tradition

guardian

[ˈgɑːdɪən] ncustode m/f; (of minor) → tutore/trice

guardian

(ˈgaːdiən) noun
1. a person who has the legal right to take care of a child (usually an orphan). He became the child's guardian when her parents died.
2. a person who looks after something. the guardian of the castle.
ˈguardianship noun
the state or duty of being a guardian.

guard·i·an

n. guardián-a, custodio-a; tutor-a.

guardian

n (legal) tutor -ra mf
References in classic literature ?
Hope and faith, born of my sorrow, Guardian angels shall become, And the sister gone before me By their hands shall lead me home.
They were a species of tutelary sprite, or Banshee; although winged and feathered differently from most other guardian angels.
It may be that it was the talisman of a stern and severe, but yet a guardian spirit, who now forsook her; as recognising that, in spite of his strict watch over her heart, some new evil had crept into it, or some old one had never been expelled.
He had been left, by the death of their parents in India, guardian to a small nephew and a small niece, children of a younger, a military brother, whom he had lost two years before.
Thus, then, one of our own noble stamp, even a whaleman, is the tutelary guardian of England; and by good rights, we harpooneers of Nantucket should be enrolled in the most noble order of St.
Her father and female guardian were incessantly busy in pursuit of her,--but, when caught, she melted from them again like a summer cloud; and as no word of chiding or reproof ever fell on her ear for whatever she chose to do, she pursued her own way all over the boat.
But it is easier to deal with the real possessor of a thing than with the temporary guardian of it.
Since I first began to study the portier, I have had opportunities to observe him in the chief cities of Germany, Switzerland, and Italy; and the more I have seen of him the more I have wished that he might be adopted in America, and become there, as he is in Europe, the stranger's guardian angel.
My guardian angel is asleep At least he doth no vigil keep But far doth roam.
Ellison, and that, as I have been since informed, is the name of Miss Grey's guardian.
Reed must be written to, as she was my natural guardian.
No; you're not fit to be your own guardian, Isabella, now; and I, being your legal protector, must retain you in my custody, however distasteful the obligation may be.