American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The chief administrative official of a prison.
- n. An official charged with the enforcement of certain laws and regulations: an air raid warden.
- n. Chiefly British The chief executive official in charge of a port or market.
- n. Chiefly British Any of various crown officers having administrative duties.
- n. Chiefly British One of the governing officials of certain colleges, schools, guilds, or hospitals; a trustee.
- n. The chief executive of a borough in certain states.
- n. A churchwarden.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Australia, a government officer, with magisterial and executive powers, in charge of a gold-field.
- n. In freemasonry, one of the officers of a lodge.
- n. A guard or watchman; a guardian.
- n. A chief or principal keeper; an officer who keeps or guards: as, the warden of the Fleet (or Fleet prison).
- n. The title given to the head of some colleges and schools, and to the superior of some conventual churches.
- n. In Connecticut boroughs, the chief executive officer of the municipal government; in a few Rhode Island towns, a judicial officer. In colonial times the name was sometimes used in place of fire-warden or fire-ward.
- n. A kind of pear, used chiefly for roasting or baking.
- n. archaic or literary A guard or watchman.
- n. A chief administrative officer of a prison
- n. An official charged with supervisory duties or with the enforcement of specific laws or regulations; such as a game warden or air raid warden
- n. A governing official in various institutions
- n. archaic, slang A variety of pear, thought to be Black Worcester or Parkinson's Warden.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A keeper; a guardian; a watchman.
- n. An officer who keeps or guards; a keeper.
- n. A head official; ; specifically (Eccl.), a churchwarden.
- n. obsolete A large, hard pear, chiefly used for baking and roasting.
- n. the chief official in charge of a prison
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English wardein, from Old North French, from warder, to guard, of Germanic origin; see wer-3 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I have always loved David Wain, so hearing him as the warden is a real treat.”
“If the warden is an understanding you could just as easily keep the deer as get it cofiscated.”
“I know my local game warden is worked to death and many times does not have the resources to investigate all of the calls that he gets.”
“We get out of the truck discussing whether the game warden is ready for just such a stunt? do they really care when it comes to squirrels?”
“What game warden is not going to come up and check it anyway.”
“How about if I dress up as a mean warden from a Southern prison, would that get you all hot and bothered little guy?”
“If a game warden is one to three days away, if they are even four to six HOURS away and noone is injured but the bear is dead.”
“I pray that the warden is or has healed from his injuries.”
“As for the night stalkers, game warden is on alert now, with decoy deer around.”
“It certainly will result in warden reporting you as a cheater.”
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