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ward·er 1

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.]

war′der·ship′ n.

ward·er 2

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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Noun1.wardership - the position of warder
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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The couple signed up for joint wardership of the idyllic, tiny Ile aux Aigrettes, off Mauritius, but after three months the boyfriend left and Frankie was left in charge of three conservation volunteers and sometimes the whole island for days at a time.