- a person who guards, or has charge of, something; keeper, custodian, or special supervisory official: fire warden, game warden
- the chief administrative official of a prison
- in England, a title for: now obsolete when used for other high government officers
- a governor
- an officer in charge of a certain department of government
- the superintendent of a port or market
- in England,
- a governing officer in certain guilds, hospitals, etc.; trustee
- the head of certain British colleges and of some schools
- in Connecticut, the chief executive of a borough
- churchwarden (sense )
- Archaic a gatekeeper or watchman
Origin of wardenMiddle English wardein from NormFr, warden (for Old French gardien): see guardian
Origin of WardenMiddle English wardone, probably from Norman French warder, to keep: see ward, transitive verb
- The chief administrative official of a prison.
- An official charged with the enforcement of certain laws and regulations: an air raid warden.
- 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.
- The chief executive of a borough in certain states.
- A churchwarden.
Origin of wardenMiddle English wardein from Old North French from warder to guard of Germanic origin ; see wer-3 in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic or literary) A guard or watchman.
- A chief administrative officer of a prison
- An official charged with supervisory duties or with the enforcement of specific laws or regulations; such as a game warden or air raid warden
- A governing official in various institutions
- the warden of a college
- (archaic, slang) A variety of pear, thought to be Black Worcester or Parkinson's Warden.
From Middle English wardein, from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French wardein, from warder (“to guard"), variant of Old French guarder (“to guard") (whence modern French garder, also English guard), from Proto-Germanic *ward-; related to Old High German wartÄ“n (“to watch"). Compare guardian, French gardien, from Old French. Cf. also reward.