Definitions for: Guardian


[n] a person who cares for persons or property
[adj] providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding; "daycare that is educational and not just custodial"; "a guardian angel"; "tutelary gods"



Webster (1913) Definition: Guard"i*an, n. [OF. guardain, gardien, F. gardien,
LL. guardianus. See Guard, v. t., and cf. Wasden.]
1. One who guards, preserves, or secures; one to whom any
person or thing is committed for protection, security, or
preservation from injury; a warden.

2. (Law) One who has, or is entitled to, the custody of the
person or property of an infant, a minor without living
parents, or a person incapable of managing his own
affairs.

Of the several species of guardians, the first are
guardians by nature. -- viz., the father and (in
some cases) the mother of the child. --Blockstone.

Guardian ad litem(Law), a guardian appointed by a court of
justice to conduct a particular suit.

Guardians of the poor, the members of a board appointed or
elected to care for the relief of the poor within a
township, or district.


Guard"i*an, a.
Performing, or appropriate to, the office of a protector; as,
a guardian care.

Feast of Guardian Angels (R. C. Ch.) a church festival
instituted by Pope Paul V., and celebrated on October 2d.


Guardian angel.
(a) The particular spiritual being believed in some branches
of the Christian church to have guardianship and
protection of each human being from birth.
(b) Hence, a protector or defender in general. --O. W.
Holmes.

Guardian spirit, in the belief of many pagan nations, a
spirit, often of a deceased relative or friend, that
presides over the interests of a household, a city, or a
region.

Synonyms: custodial, defender, protective, protector, shielder, tutelar, tutelary

See Also: admonisher, bodyguard, champion, chaperon, chaperone, custodian, escort, fighter, fire fighter, fire-eater, firefighter, fireman, foster-parent, guard, hero, keeper, law officer, lawman, monitor, paladin, patron saint, peace officer, peacekeeper, preserver, reminder, steward

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