The definition of a ward is a wing of a hospital, a division of a prison, or a person, especially a child, who is dependent upon the care and support of an appointed guardian.(noun)
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Origin: ME warden < OE weardian, to protect, guard, akin to OHG warten, to wait (see guard): E form and sense infl. by NormFr warder, to protect, keep (for OFr garder)
Origin: ME < OE weard
Origin: ME -werd < OE -weard < base of weorthan, to become: see worth
See ward in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English, action of guarding
Origin: , from Old English weard, a watching, protection; see wer-3 in Indo-European roots.
, Artemus 1727-1800.
, Mary Augusta Arnold Known as Mrs. Humphry Ward. 1851-1920.
, Nathaniel Pen name Theodore de la Guard. 1578?-1652.
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English -weard; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
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