Guardian definition

gärdē-ən
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A person who guards, protects, or takes care of another person, property, etc.; custodian.
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One that guards, watches over, or protects.
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Guardian is defined as someone who watches over or protects.

An example of a guardian is an adoptive parent.

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A superior in a Franciscan monastery.
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One who is legally responsible for the care and management of the person or property of an incompetent or minor.
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A person legally entrusted with the care of another person, usually a minor, and who manages that person’s financial affairs.
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An individual designated by law to care for another’s person and property because of the former’s incompetence to make his or her own decisions.
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Someone who guards, watches over, or protects.
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(law) A person legally responsible for an incompetent person.
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(video games) A major or final enemy; boss.
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(newspapers) A British daily national newspaper.
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The definition of guardian is relating to watching over or protecting.

An example of guardian used as an adjective is the phrase "guardian angel," which means an angel that watches over someone.

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Protecting.
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(law) A person legally responsible for a minor (in loco parentis).
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A person legally placed in charge of the affairs of a minor or of a person of unsound mind.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
guardian
Plural:
guardians

Origin of guardian

  • Middle English gardein from Anglo-Norman from Old French gardien from alteration of gardenc from garder to guard guard

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman guardein, from Old French *guardian, gardein, garden, *gardenc, from the verb guarder, of Germanic origin. Compare French gardien. See also the English doublet warden.

    From Wiktionary