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guardian Syllabification: guard·i·an
Pronunciation: /ˈɡärdēən/

Definition of guardian in English:


1A defender, protector, or keeper: self-appointed guardians of public morality
More example sentences
  • Individual rights can be protected only by independent guardians operating in the public light.
  • As self-appointed guardians of public sensibility, these organisations get to draw the line on what is acceptable.
  • When the putative guardians of public morality put the screws to crime and horror comics, distributors refused to put them on newsstands.
1.1A person who looks after and is legally responsible for someone who is unable to manage their own affairs, especially an incompetent or disabled person or a child whose parents have died.
Example sentences
  • Children go into care when their current parent or guardian is unable to look after them, or if the child's health, safety or well-being is at risk.
  • The freedom from coercion to have or to adopt a religion or belief and the liberty of parents and guardians to ensure religious and moral education cannot be restricted.
  • Corporal punishment of children occurs primarily during the education process or at the hands of parents or guardians.


Late Middle English: from Old French garden, of Germanic origin; compare with ward and warden. The ending was altered by association with -ian.

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