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



    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːdn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrdn//
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  1. 1a person who is responsible for taking care of a particular place and making sure that the rules are obeyed a forest warden (British English) the warden of a youth hostel Two neighbourhood wardens patrol the housing estate. see also churchwarden, dog warden, game warden, traffic warden
  2. 2(especially North American English) the person in charge of a prison See related entries: Prison
  3. 3(in Britain), a title given to the head of some colleges and institutions the Warden of Wadham College, Oxford
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (originally denoting a guardian or protector): from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French wardein, variant of Old French guarden ‘guardian’.
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