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Old FrenchEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From the verb guarder, ultimately of Germanic origin. Compare the variant form from Old Northern French, wardein, which lead to English warden.

NounEdit

guardein m (oblique plural guardeinz, nominative singular guardeinz, nominative plural guardein)

  1. protector; guardian; someone who keeps watch
    • circa 1200, Marie de France, Le Lai de Milun (in Old French):
      Mielz me vendreit murir que vivre;
      mes jeo ne sui mie a delivre,
      ainz ai asez sur mei guardeins
      vielz e juefnes, mes chamberleins,
      I would be better of dying than living;
      But I am not free,
      I have enough protectors,
      Old and young, my servants.

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