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



BrE BrE//ˈwɔːdə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrdər//
BrE BrE//ˈwɔːdrəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrdrəs//
(British English) Prison
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a person who guards prisoners in a prison compare guard Wordfindercell, death row, discharge, justice, parole, prison, probation, remission, sentence, warder See related entries: Prison Word Originlate Middle English (denoting a watchman or sentinel): from Anglo-Norman French wardere, from Old Northern French warder ‘to guard’. The current sense dates from the mid 19th cent.