Law.a person who is entrusted by law with the care of the person or property, or both, of another, as a minor or someone legally incapable of managing his or her own affairs.
the superior of a Franciscan convent.
guarding; protecting: a guardian deity.
Origin: 1375–1425;late Middle Englishgardein < Anglo-French. See warden
Synonyms 1. protector, defender.
Pronunciation note Guardian is occasionally pronounced with two syllables and with stress on the final syllable: /gɑrˈdin/Show Spelled[gahr-deen]Show IPA. This pronunciation is now most characteristic of older, less educated speakers.
one who looks after, protects, or defends: the guardian of public morals
a. law someone legally appointed to manage the affairs of a person incapable of acting for himself, as a minor or person of unsound mind
b. social welfare (in England) a local authority, or person accepted by it, named under the Mental Health Act 1983 as having the powers to require a mentally disordered person to live at a specified place, attend for treatment, and be accessible to a doctor or social worker
(often capital) (in England) another word for custos