from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A guard, porter, or watcher of a gate or tower.
- n. Chiefly British A prison guard.
- n. A baton formerly used by a ruler or commander as a symbol of authority and to signal orders.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A guard, especially in a prison.
- n. A truncheon or staff carried by a king or commander, used to signal commands.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who wards or keeps; a keeper; a guard.
- n. A truncheon or staff carried by a king or a commander in chief, and used in signaling his will.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who keeps watch and ward; a keeper; a guard.
- n. A truncheon or staff of authority carried by a king, commander-in-chief, or other important dignitary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who works in a prison and is in charge of prisoners
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman wardere, from Old North French warder, to guard; see warden.
Middle English, possibly from warden, to ward, from Old English weardian; see wer-3 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)