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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a division or district of a city or town, as for administrative or political purposes.

    Category: Government

  2. one of the districts into which certain English and Scottish boroughs are divided.

    Category: Government

  3. a division or large room of a hospital for a particular class of patients:

    a convalescent ward.

  4. any of the separate divisions of a prison.

  5. one of the subdivisions of a stake in the Mormon Church, presided over by a bishop.

    Category: Religion

  6. an open space within or between the walls of a castle.

    Category: Fortification

  7. a person, esp. a minor, who has been legally placed under the care of a guardian or a court.

    Category: Law

  8. the state of being under restraining guard or in custody.

    Category: Law

  9. a movement or posture of defense, as in fencing.

  10. a curved ridge of metal in a lock, fitting only a key with a corresponding notch.

  11. the notch or slot on a key into which such a ridge fits.

  12. the act of keeping guard or protective watch:

    watch and ward.

  13. (v.t.)to avert or turn aside (danger, an attack, etc.) (usu. fol. by off):

    to ward off a blow.

  14. to place in a ward, as of a hospital.

  15. Archaic. to protect; guard.

Origin of ward:

bef. 900; (n.) ME warde, OE weard; (v.) ME; OE weardian, c. OS wardon, OHG wartēn, ON vartha; cf. guard



  1. (Aaron) Montgomery, 1843–1913, U.S. mail-order retailer.

    Category: Biography

  2. Artemus (Charles Farrar Browne), 1834–67, U.S. humorist.

    Category: Biography

  3. Barbara (Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth), 1914–81, British economist, journalist, and conservationist.

    Category: Biography

  4. Mrs. Humphry (Mary Augusta Arnold), 1851–1920, English novelist, born in Tasmania.

    Category: Biography


  1. a suffix denoting spatial or temporal direction, as specified by the initial element: afterward; backward; seaward. Also, -wards.

    Category: Affix, Usage Note

* Usage: Words formed with this suffix can be used as adverbs or adjectives. Although both -ward and -wards are standard for the adverbial use, the -ward form is more common in edited American English writing: to reach upward; to fall forward. The adjective form is always -ward : a backward glance.

Origin of -ward:

ME; OE -weard, c. OFris, OS -ward, OHG -wart; akin to L vertere to turn (see verse )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ward(noun)

    a person who is under the protection or in the custody of another

  2. ward(noun)

    a district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections

  3. ward, hospital ward(noun)

    block forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care

    "they put her in a 4-bed ward"

  4. Ward, Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth(noun)

    English economist and conservationist (1914-1981)

  5. Ward, Mrs. Humphrey Ward, Mary Augusta Arnold Ward(noun)

    English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement (1851-1920)

  6. Ward, Montgomery Ward, Aaron Montgomery Ward(noun)

    United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail-order business (1843-1913)

  7. cellblock, ward(verb)

    a division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells)

  8. guard, ward(verb)

    watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect

    "guard my possessions while I'm away"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ward(noun)ɔrd

    a division of a city

    New Orleans' ninth ward

  2. wardɔrd

    a division of a hospital

    the children's ward


  1. Ward(ProperNoun)

    An English occupational surname for a guard or watchman.

  2. Origin: weard (masc.), from warduz. Cognate with German Wart.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ward(adj)

    the act of guarding; watch; guard; guardianship; specifically, a guarding during the day. See the Note under Watch, n., 1

  2. Ward(noun)

    one who, or that which, guards; garrison; defender; protector; means of guarding; defense; protection

  3. Ward(noun)

    the state of being under guard or guardianship; confinement under guard; the condition of a child under a guardian; custody

  4. Ward(noun)

    a guarding or defensive motion or position, as in fencing; guard

  5. Ward(noun)

    one who, or that which, is guarded

  6. Ward(noun)

    a minor or person under the care of a guardian; as, a ward in chancery

  7. Ward(noun)

    a division of a county

  8. Ward(noun)

    a division, district, or quarter of a town or city

  9. Ward(noun)

    a division of a forest

  10. Ward(noun)

    a division of a hospital; as, a fever ward

  11. Ward(noun)

    a projecting ridge of metal in the interior of a lock, to prevent the use of any key which has not a corresponding notch for passing it

  12. Ward(noun)

    a notch or slit in a key corresponding to a ridge in the lock which it fits; a ward notch

  13. Ward(noun)

    to keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time

  14. Ward(noun)

    to defend; to protect

  15. Ward(noun)

    to defend by walls, fortifications, etc

  16. Ward(noun)

    to fend off; to repel; to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by off

  17. Ward(verb)

    to be vigilant; to keep guard

  18. Ward(verb)

    to act on the defensive with a weapon


  1. Ward

    A ward is a subdivision of a local authority area, typically used for electoral purposes. Wards are usually named after neighbourhoods, thoroughfares, parishes, landmarks, geographical features and in some cases historical figures connected to the area. It is common in the United States for wards to simply be numbered. In Australia, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States they are an electoral district within a district or municipality, used in local government elections. In the United States, wards are usually subdivided into precincts for polling purposes. In the Republic of Ireland, urban Wards and rural District Electoral Divisions were renamed Electoral Divisions in 1994. The electoral districts for local authorities are often popularly called "wards". These consist of multiple electoral divisions, and are officially called "local electoral areas". In the case of a municipal amalgamation, the former cities and towns that make up the new metropolis may be referred to as wards. ⁕In certain cities of India, like Mumbai and Delhi, a ward is an administrative unit of the city region, a city area is divided into Zones, which in turn contains numerous wards.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Ward

    Direction in a straight line; a term proposed by Prof. James Thompson. The words "backward" and "forward" indicate its scope.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WARD' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3245

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WARD' in Nouns Frequency: #1527

Anagrams of WARD

  1. draw

Translations for WARD

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a room with a bed or beds for patients in a hospital etc

He is in a surgical ward of the local hospital.

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