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warder1

[wawr-der] /ˈwɔr dər/
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
1350-1400; Middle English warder(e) (see ward, -er1); compare Anglo-French wardere < Middle English
Related forms
wardership, noun
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warder1

/ˈwɔːdə/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) an officer in charge of prisoners in a jail
2.
a person who guards or has charge of something
Derived Forms
wardership, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French wardere, from Old French warder to guard, of Germanic origin

warder2

/ˈwɔːdə/
noun
1.
(formerly) a staff or truncheon carried by a ruler as an emblem of authority and used to signal his wishes or intentions
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Middle English warden to ward
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Word Origin and History for wardership
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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