What does guardian mean?

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ˈgɑr di ənguardian

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defender, guardian, protector, shieldernoun

    a person who cares for persons or property


  1. guardiannoun

    Someone who guards, watches over, or protects.

  2. guardiannoun

    A person legally responsible for a minor (in loco parentis).

  3. guardiannoun

    A person legally responsible for an incompetent person.

  4. guardiannoun

    A superior in a Franciscan monastery.

  5. guardiannoun

    A major or final enemy; boss.

  6. Guardiannoun

    A British daily national newspaper.

  7. Etymology: guardein, *

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Guardianadjective

    Performing the office of a kind protector or superintendant.

    My charming patroness protects me unseen, like my guardian angel; and shuns my gratitude like a fairy, who is bountiful by stealth, and conceals the giver, when she bestows the gift. John Dryden, Cleomenes. Dedication to.

    Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage,
    The promis’d father of the future age. Alexander Pope, Messiah.

    Mean while Minerva, in her guardian care,
    Shoots from the starry vaults through fields of air. Alexander Pope.

  2. Guardiannoun

    Etymology: gardien, French, from guard.

    I am sorry for her, as I have just cause, being her uncle and her guardian. William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing.

    When perjur’d guardians, proud with impious gains,
    Choak up the streets, too narrow for their trains! Dryden.

    Hocus, with two other of the guardians, thought it their duty to take care of the interest of the three girls. Arbuthnot.

    I gave you all,
    Made you my guardians, my depositaries;
    But kept a reservation to be follow’d
    With such a number. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Where is Duncan’s body?
    ———— Carried to Colmeskill,
    The sacred storehouse of his predecessors,
    And guardian of their bones. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Guardianverb

    one who guards, preserves, or secures; one to whom any person or thing is committed for protection, security, or preservation from injury; a warden

  2. Guardianverb

    one who has, or is entitled to, the custody of the person or property of an infant, a minor without living parents, or a person incapable of managing his own affairs

  3. Guardianadjective

    performing, or appropriate to, the office of a protector; as, a guardian care

  4. Etymology: [OF. guardain, gardien, F. gardien, LL. guardianus. See Guard, v. t., and cf. Wasden.]


  1. Guardian

    Guardian is an American Christian hard rock/metal band. The band released six studio albums, three additional albums in Spanish—and toured extensively worldwide. There are also numerous compilations, live records and bootlegs available.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guardian' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4323

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guardian' in Nouns Frequency: #1545

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of guardian in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of guardian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of guardian in a Sentence

  1. Tom Penn:

    Once clear that no one was harmed, I contacted the Guardian, as I felt it was of important public interest, i believe it is reasonable for someone who is likely to become our next prime minister to be held accountable for all of their words, actions and behaviors.

  2. Matt Zeller:

    He calls me his guardian angel, i just want to hug him.

  3. The IADP:

    The IADP finds that the athlete has established no significant fault or negligence as she was given tablets by her guardian and had no intention to cheat in her In-Competition sprint event on June 21, 2019, the IADP recommends that the athlete undergoes another education program on Anti-Doping In Sports Rules.

  4. The Guardian Council:

    The Guardian Council is now more than ever under pressure by the Islamic Republic's sworn enemies, the Council would stand firm to protect people's rights and the Islamic Republic's values.

  5. Allen Clemmons:

    It was getting really hard to breathe. He is truly my guardian angel.

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    immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
    • A. busy
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