From Middle English gardein, garden, (also wardein, > Modern English warden), from Old French guardein, from the verb guarder, of Germanic origin. Compare French gardien. Doublet of warden.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑɹ.di.ən/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑː.dɪən/
- (US, dialectal) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑɹ.din/ (see guardeen)
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- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)dɪən
guardian (plural guardians)
- Someone who guards, watches over, or protects.
- 1791, John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary […] , London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, →OCLC, page 162:
- Thoſe who ought to be the guardians of propriety are often the perverters of it. Hence Accidence for Accidents, Prepoſtor for Prepoſitor and Conſtur for Conſtrue […]
- 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, page 52::
- As your Senior Tutor, I am your moral guardian,’ he said at last. ‘A moral guardian yearns for an immoral ward and the Lord has provided.
- (law) A person legally responsible for a minor (in loco parentis).
- (law) A person legally responsible for an incompetent person.
- A superior in a Franciscan monastery.
- (video games) A major or final enemy; boss.
- 1993, Zach Meston; J. Douglas Arnold, Awesome Super Nintendo Secrets 2:
- Secret weak points of bosses/guardians.
- 2004, James Newman, Videogames:
- 'if you tell me how to find the secret door in level three, I'll tell you how to defeat the end of level guardian'
- → Japanese: ガーディアン (gādian)
guard or watcher
law: person legally responsible for a minor in loco parentis
law: person responsible for incompetent person
superior in a Franciscan monastery
final video game enemy
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Old French garden, from the verb guarder.
guardian m (plural guardians)