warder

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warder (plural warders)

  1. A guard, especially in a prison.
  2. (archaic) A truncheon or staff carried by a king or commander, used to signal commands.
    • 1595, Samuel Daniel, Civil Wars
      When, lo! the king suddenly changed his mind, / Casts down his warder to arrest them there.
    • William Shakespeare, King Richard II, Act 1, Scene 3
      Stay, the king hath thrown his warder down.

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