Definition of guardian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡɑːdɪən/


1A person who protects or defends something: self-appointed guardians of public morality
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  • 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.
protector, defender, preserver, champion, custodian, warden, guard, keeper;
conservator, curator, caretaker, steward, trustee, supervisor
1.1A person who is legally responsible for the care of someone who is unable to manage their own affairs, especially a child whose parents have died: I am acting as guardian of my late brother’s family
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  • 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.
2The superior of a Franciscan convent.


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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