Fire warden, game warden.
- A governor.
- An officer in charge of a certain department of government.
- The superintendent of a port or market.
- A governing officer in certain guilds, hospitals, etc.; trustee.
- The head of certain British colleges and of some schools.
An air raid warden.
Other Word Forms
Origin of warden
- Middle English wardein from Old North French from warder to guard of Germanic origin wer-3 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.