from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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. A variety of pear, thought to be Black Worcester or Parkinson's Warden.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. A large, hard pear, chiefly used for baking and roasting.
from The 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.
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- n. the chief official in charge of a prison
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)
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)