• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wardship The office of a ward or keeper; care and protection of a ward; guardianship; right of guardianship. "Wardship is incident to tenure in socage."
    • Wardship The state of begin under a guardian; pupilage. "It was the wisest act . . . in my wardship ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wardship 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.
    • n wardship The state or condition of a ward; pupilage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wardship the office of a ward or guardian: state of being under a guardian: in English feudal law, the guardianship which the feudal lord had of the land of his vassal while the latter was an infant or minor
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weardian; Ger. warten, to watch in order to protect.


In literature:

The nation may be said to lie under an interdict, and to be in wardship under guardians.
"Democracy In America, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Alexis de Toqueville
It is the personal wardship that is of chief importance, and dwelt most on my Lady's mind.
"The Lances of Lynwood" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Wherefore I have made request to have another honourable gentleman joined with me in this painful wardship.
"Unknown to History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
He had made over her wardship to me, and has no right to resume it!
"The Chaplet of Pearls" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Leave him in wardship to his innocence.
"The Piccolomini A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
Matthew Long, into whose wardship I, Peter Meredith, an Anglo-Indian lad, was placed by my parents.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VI." by Various
Your soul is in your own wardship.
"The Open Secret of Ireland" by T. M. Kettle
The giving of a rich wardship was a usual method of rewarding a courtier or favorite.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I." by David Hume
The sole wardship of minors who have other lords will not be claimed by the King, except in special cases.
"The Rise of the Democracy" by Joseph Clayton
The third letter stated that Jack had not been able to obtain the grant of a wardship.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt

In poetry:

The memory of over half a lifetime
Like swiftly passing thunder dies away.
The century is no more under wardship:
High time to let the future have its say.
"After The Storm" by Boris Pasternak