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warder

1 [wawr-der]
noun
1.
a person who guards something, as a doorkeeper or caretaker.
2.
a soldier or other person set to guard an entrance.
3.
Chiefly British. an official having charge of prisoners in a jail.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English warder(e) (see ward, -er1); compare Anglo-French wardere < Middle English

wardership, noun
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warder

2 [wawr-der]
noun
a truncheon or staff of office or authority, used in giving signals.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < ?

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warder or wardress1 (ˈwɔːdə)
 
n
1.  chiefly (Brit) an officer in charge of prisoners in a jail
2.  a person who guards or has charge of something
 
[C14: from Anglo-French wardere, from Old French warder to guard, of Germanic origin]
 
wardress or wardress1
 
n
 
[C14: from Anglo-French wardere, from Old French warder to guard, of Germanic origin]
 
'wardership or wardress1
 
n

warder2 (ˈwɔːdə)
 
n
(formerly) a staff or truncheon carried by a ruler as an emblem of authority and used to signal his wishes or intentions
 
[C15: perhaps from Middle English warden to ward]

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warder
c.1400, "guardian of an entrance," from Anglo-Fr. wardere "guardian," agent noun from O.N.Fr. warder "to guard" (O.Fr. garder), of Gmc. origin (see guard).
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