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warden

[wawr-dn] /ˈwɔr dn/
noun
1.
a person charged with the care or custody of persons, animals, or things; keeper.
2.
the chief administrative officer in charge of a prison.
3.
any of various public officials charged with superintendence, as over a port or wildlife.
6.
(in Connecticut) the chief executive officer of a borough.
7.
(formerly) the principal official in a region, town, etc.
8.
British.
  1. (initial capital letter) a traditional title of the president or governor of certain schools and colleges:
    Warden of Merton College.
  2. a member of a livery company of the City of London.
9.
Canadian. the head of certain county or local councils.
10.
a member of the governing body of a guild.
11.
a churchwarden.
12.
a gatekeeper.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English wardein < Old French (northeast dial.), equivalent to ward- (root of warder to guard; see ward) + -ein, variant of -ien, -enc < Germanic -ing -ing3
Related forms
wardenship, noun
subwarden, noun
subwardenship, noun
underwarden, noun
Synonyms
1. warder, guardian, guard, custodian, caretaker, superintendent.

Warden

[wawr-dn] /ˈwɔr dn/
noun, British
1.
any of several pears having a crisp, firm flesh, used in cookery.
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British Dictionary definitions for war-den

warden1

/ˈwɔːdən/
noun
1.
a person who has the charge or care of something, esp a building, or someone
2.
any of various public officials, esp one responsible for the enforcement of certain regulations
3.
a person employed to patrol a national park or safari park
4.
(mainly US & Canadian) the chief officer in charge of a prison
5.
(Brit) the principal or president of any of various universities or colleges
6.
See churchwarden (sense 1)
Derived Forms
wardenry, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Northern French wardein, from warder to guard, of Germanic origin; see guard

warden2

/ˈwɔːdən/
noun
1.
a variety of pear that has crisp firm flesh and is used for cooking
Word Origin
C15: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for war-den

warden

n.

early 13c., "one who guards," from Old North French wardein, from Frankish *warding- (cf. Old French guardenc), from *wardon "to watch, guard" (see ward (v.)). Meaning "governor of a prison" is recorded from c.1300.

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