a person who guards, protects, or preserves.
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.

1375–1425; late Middle English gardein < Anglo-French. See warden

guardianless, adjective
underguardian, noun

1. protector, defender.

Guardian is occasionally pronounced with two syllables and with stress on the final syllable: [gahr-deen] . This pronunciation is now most characteristic of older, less educated speakers. Unabridged
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guardian (ˈɡɑːdɪən)
1.  one who looks after, protects, or defends: the guardian of public morals
2.  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
3.  (often capital) (in England) another word for custos
4.  protecting or safeguarding

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Example sentences for guardians
From his bookshop, he planned his tactics to defeat the five guardians.
The weakened guardians defeated him rather by smartness than strength.
She does sacrifice her immortality for the guardians, with which she redeems
He protested that the guardians he chose did not run their tasks as asked.
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