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
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 ?
I am the Guardian of the Gates of the Emerald City.
The Guardian of the Gates looked surprised, and shook his head as if dissatisfied with the reply.
Well, come with me into my room," resumed the Guardian, "and I will see what can be done for you.
And the higher the duties of the guardian, I said, the more time, and skill, and art, and application will be needed by him?
Well, and your guardian must be brave if he is to fight well?
Then now we have a clear notion of the bodily qualities which are required in the guardian.
Pardiggle wrote a letter of introduction to my guardian in behalf of her eloquent friend Mr.
It seemed to me that his off-hand professions of childishness and carelessness were a great relief to my guardian, by contrast with such things, and were the more readily believed in since to find one perfectly undesigning and candid man among many opposites could not fail to give him pleasure.
These testimonies to the popularity of my guardian made a deep impression on me, and I admired and wondered more than ever.
My guardian threw his supplicant off with supreme indifference, and left him dancing on the pavement as if it were red-hot.
This was the Guardian of the Gate and at the moment they entered his room he was playing a tune upon a mouth-organ.
It's my business to know who's coming, for I'm the Guardian of the Gate.