warden-ship

warden

[wawr-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.
a.
(initial capital letter) a traditional title of the president or governor of certain schools and colleges: Warden of Merton College.
b.
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; 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

wardenship, noun
subwarden, noun
subwardenship, noun
underwarden, noun


1. warder, guardian, guard, custodian, caretaker, superintendent.
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warden1 (ˈwɔːdən)
 
n
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.  chiefly (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
 
[C13: from Old Northern French wardein, from warder to guard, of Germanic origin; see guard]
 
'wardenry1
 
n

warden2 (ˈwɔːdən)
 
n
a variety of pear that has crisp firm flesh and is used for cooking
 
[C15: of obscure origin]

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