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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
dozorceporučníkstrážce
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 ?
Would to God, that he who holds the honor of our royal master in his guardianship, would show but half her firmness'
The latter might probably have been won for him, had those on whom the guardianship of his welfare had fallen deemed it advisable to expose Clifford to a miserable resuscitation of past ideas, when the condition of whatever comfort he might expect lay in the calm of forgetfulness.
If the child, on the other hand, were really capable of moral and religious growth, and possessed the elements of ultimate salvation, then, surely, it would enjoy all the fairer prospect of these advantages by being transferred to wiser and better guardianship than Hester Prynne's.
This lady was one of my nearest relations, an orphan from her infancy, and under the guardianship of my father.
Joseph mumbled indistinctly in the depths of the cellar, but gave no intimation of ascending; so his master dived down to him, leaving me VIS-A-VIS the ruffianly bitch and a pair of grim shaggy sheep-dogs, who shared with her a jealous guardianship over all my movements.
Who is likely to make suitable provisions for the public defense, as that body to which the guardianship of the public safety is confided; which, as the centre of information, will best understand the extent and urgency of the dangers that threaten; as the representative of the WHOLE, will feel itself most deeply interested in the preservation of every part; which, from the responsibility implied in the duty assigned to it, will be most sensibly impressed with the necessity of proper exertions; and which, by the extension of its authority throughout the States, can alone establish uniformity and concert in the plans and measures by which the common safety is to be secured?
For an hour the girl and the man tried to find some means whereby they might circumvent the beast's ill directed guardianship, but all to no avail; Tantor stood his ground in grim determination to let no one approach Korak.
The prisoner did not wish to lose time; and she resolved to make that very evening some attempts to ascertain the nature of the ground she had to work upon, by studying the characters of the men to whose guardianship she was committed.
I say, sire, that the minister of police is greatly deceived or I am; and as it is impossible it can be the minister of police as he has the guardianship of the safety and honor of your majesty, it is probable that I am in error.
I am joined with him in the guardianship of Miss Darcy.
Never, sir," said Raoul, "as long as I possess the happiness of having you for a protector, shall I deem I have the right of freeing myself from a guardianship so valuable to me.
Though the prospect," says he, "of once more tasting the blessings of peaceful society, and passing days and nights under the calm guardianship of the laws, was not without its attractions; yet to those of us whose whole lives had been spent in the stirring excitement and perpetual watchfulness of adventures in the wilderness, the change was far from promising an increase of that contentment and inward satisfaction most conducive to happiness.