What does guardian mean?

Definitions for guardian
ˈgɑr di ənguardian

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word guardian.

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.


  1. Guardian

    Guardian is a song by Canadian-American recording artist Alanis Morissette, released as the lead single from her eighth studio album, Havoc and Bright Lights (2012). The song was written by Morissette and Guy Sigsworth, and produced by Sigsworth and Joe Chiccarelli. It is a rock song, where Morissette promises to look after a special someone. The song received positive reviews from music critics, with most of them praising her return and commending its freshness and brightness. The music video was released on July 27, 2012 and it shows Morissette singing on a Berlin rooftop equipped with a set of angel wings and eventually brightens the children and parents she is watching over. The song was a moderate success in some countries, peaking inside the top 20 on the Austrian and Switzerland charts, while reaching number 41 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and charting on the Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart. Morissette has promoted the track with live performances, including Dancing with the Stars, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The View.


  1. guardian

    A guardian is an individual or entity who is legally appointed and entrusted with the responsibility to care for another person or manage their affairs. This often involves a minor, an individual who is incapable of taking care of themselves due to illness, disability or aging, or someone who is unable to make rational decisions. The guardian's duty may encompass making decisions related to health, finance, education, and personal welfare of the person they are safeguarding.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Guardian is ranked #46219 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Guardian surname appeared 461 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Guardian.

    88.5% or 408 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    6.2% or 29 total occurrences were White.
    4.3% or 20 total occurrences were Asian.

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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. Jewish Folk Saying:

    One should not stand at the foot of a sick person's bed, because that place is reserved for the guardian angel.

  2. Joseph Addison:

    If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.

  3. Anwar Gargash:

    Mogherini's Guardian op-ed lacks context and understanding of Iran's regional and aggressive policy and sectarian overtones that have polarized the Middle East her task of 'regional cooperative framework' must evolve from a clear understanding of Iran's interventionist and sectarian foreign policy and ensuing polarization.

  4. Jennifer Ward:

    The way it has worked historically is, when a child comes into the US without a parent or legal guardian, if there is a parent or guardian or relative already here, they would be placed with that person as a' sponsor' while they are undergoing immigration hearings.

  5. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859:

    The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.

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