Definition of guardian noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːdiən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrdiən//
    Raising children
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  1. 1a person who protects something synonym custodian Farmers should be guardians of the countryside. The police are guardians of law and order.
  2. 2a person who is legally responsible for the care of another person, especially a child whose parents have died See related entries: Raising children
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French garden, of Germanic origin; compare with ward and warden. The ending was altered by association with -ian.Extra examples The court appoints a legal guardian for the child. The people act as guardians of the land. I was left alone to live with my aunt, who became my legal guardian.
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