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1. A guard, porter, or watcher of a gate or tower.
2. Chiefly British A prison guard.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman wardere, from Old North French warder, to guard; see warden.]
A baton formerly used by a ruler or commander as a symbol of authority and to signal orders.
[Middle English, possibly from warden, to ward, from Old English weardian; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]
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