Definition of guardian in English:


Syllabification: guard·i·an
Pronunciation: /ˈgärdēən


  • 1A defender, protector, or keeper: 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.
  • 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.
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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.
  • 1.2The superior of a Franciscan convent.



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  • These could be similar to those available with guardianship and supervised after-care if the responsible medical officer so chooses.
  • We were permitted to stay in the guardianship and custody of family, and I became a State child in my family's care.
  • Our authority comes from our relationship and our access to our lands and the rights of guardianship and protection.


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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