Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state of being in the charge of a guardian.
  • noun Custody; guardianship.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The office of a ward or guardian; guardianship; care and protection of a ward; right of guardianship; hence, the feudal tenure by which the lord claimed the custody of the body and custody and profits of the lands of the infant heir of his deceased tenant.
  • noun The state or condition of a ward; pupilage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The office of a ward or keeper; care and protection of a ward; guardianship; right of guardianship.
  • noun The state of begin under a guardian; pupilage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being a ward of someone

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

ward +‎ -ship

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