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1. The chief administrative official of a prison.
2. An official charged with the enforcement of certain laws and regulations: an air raid warden.
3. Chiefly British
a. The chief executive official in charge of a port or market.
b. Any of various crown officers having administrative duties.
c. One of the governing officials of certain colleges, schools, guilds, or hospitals; a trustee.
4. The chief executive of a borough in certain states.
5. A churchwarden.

[Middle English wardein, from Old North French, from warder, to guard, of Germanic origin; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

war′den·ship′ n.
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1. the position of a warden
2. preservation
3. money dedicated to a warden
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Noun1.wardenship - the position of wardenwardenship - the position of warden    
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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It provides that he shall exercise the full authority of Warden, and shall have the disposal of the annual revenue attached to the office, until my return, or, failing that, until Bruno comes of age: and that he shall then hand over, to myself or to Bruno as the case may be, the Wardenship, the unspent revenue, and the contents of the Treasury, which are to be preserved, intact, under his guardianship."
(https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/30/europe/princess-haya-dubai-forced-marriage-protection-gbr-intl/index.html) Princess Haya , the daughter of Jordan's King Hussein, is also seeking, as per reports, for wardenship of their two children, which could place them in the court's custody for major decisions, and a non-molestation order for herself.
DAYS of Truce had been a feature in the administration of border justice since the mid 13th century when the wardenship system was formally established.
He had extended his Hampshire commitments with the acquisition of land in the nearby manors of Wicor and Portchester Castle, and through the purchase of the wardenship of Bere Forest By the later part of 1698 he was actively exercising his role as warden (3) He lost his Parliamentary seat in 1700 and regained it in 1702, the year of his ill-fated marriage to Elizabeth, third daughter of the 1st Earl of Gainsborough (Settlement), and then declined to stand again for Parliament at the 1705 election (Cruickshanks, Handley and Hayton).
Ultimately, feeling he has no right to his position, Harding steps down from the wardenship, much to the dismay of some of his superiors in the church and, to some extent, the narrator.
Besides a popular teacher, he remained the incharge of the ICP Blood Donation Organization and also looked after the wardenship of some of the hostels.
School principal excessively dependent on the legislation; the most prominent feature is "legislation wardenship".
e wardenship was formally bestowed on Mrs Cobham at a special swearing-in ceremony at Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London, followed by a church service and a champagne reception.
Not least, the book documents how generations of Welsh speaking students became radicalised epiphanies in the intensely political atmosphere of Pantycelyn Hall under the liberal, but inspirational, wardenship of historian John Davies, Bwlchllan.