From Middle English wardein, from Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French wardein, from warder (“to guard”), variant of Old French guarder (“to guard”) (whence modern French garder, also English guard), from Proto-Germanic *ward-; related to Old High German wartēn (“to watch”). Compare guardian, French gardien, from Old French. Cf. also reward.
warden (plural wardens)
- (archaic or literary) A guard or watchman.
- A chief administrative officer of a prison
- An official charged with supervisory duties or with the enforcement of specific laws or regulations; such as a game warden or air raid warden
- A governing official in various institutions
- (archaic, slang) A variety of pear, thought to be Black Worcester or Parkinson's Warden.