• WordNet 3.6
    • n guardian a person who cares for persons or property
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Guardian One who guards, preserves, or secures; one to whom any person or thing is committed for protection, security, or preservation from injury; a warden.
    • Guardian (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."
    • a Guardian Performing, or appropriate to, the office of a protector; as, a guardian care.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n guardian A warden; one who guards, preserves, or secures; one to whom some person or thing is committed for preservation from injury; one who has the charge or custody of a person or thing.
    • n guardian Specifically In law, one to whom the law intrusts the care of the person or property, or both, of another. The word is used chiefly in reference to the control of infants; one charged with similar care of an adult idiot or lunatic is now specifically called a committee, though by the civil law termed guardian. A guardian of the property is a trustee, his trust extending to all the property the infant has or may acquire, or all that he or she has or may acquire within the jurisdiction.
    • n guardian Guardians at common law were: Guardian in chivalry, a lord who, when a tenant by knight-service died and left an infant heir to inherit the tenure, was entitled by the feudal law to take the profits of the estate, and make what he could by negotiating a marriage for the heir, under certain restrictions, being bound to maintain the ward meanwhile.
    • n guardian Guardian in socage. See socage.
    • n guardian Guardian by nature, the father, with respect to his guardianship of the person of his heir apparent or heiress presumptive. This guardianship of the person was allowed as an exception to or reservation out of the powers of a guardian in chivalry, so long as the father of the ward lived. (See below.)
    • n guardian Guardian for nurture, in English law, the father, and after his death the mother, as having guardianship of the persons of all their children up to the age of fourteen years.
    • n guardian Guardian by election, a guardian chosen by an infant who would otherwise have none. The choice is not effectual except as it procures appointment by a competent court.
    • n guardian Guardian by custom, an officer or municipality, or the appointee of a lord of the manor, having by local custom, as in London and Kent, England, a legal right to exercise a guardianship. The practical distinctions now are: Judicially appointed guardian, a guardian designated by a court, the judicial power in this respect being now generally regulated by statute; statutory guardian, a guardian appointed by a parent by deed or will, under authority of a statute; testamentary guardian, a guardian appointed by a parent by will, pursuant to the statute; guardian by nature, the father, or, if he be dead, the mother, exercising the common-law custody of the person, and, by statute, in some jurisdictions, the commonlaw power of a guardian in socage in respect to land, if no guardian is expressly appointed.
    • n guardian The superior of a Franciscan convent. He is elected for three years, and cannot hold the guardianship of the same convent twice, though he may be chosen head of another convent. Cath. Dict.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Guardian one who guards or takes care of:
    • Guardian (law) one who has the care of an orphan minor
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  • John Keble
    John Keble
    “We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.”
  • Heraclitus
    “A man's character is his guardian divinity.”
  • Young
    “Unlearned men of books are like the eunuchs who are guardians of the beautiful.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past -- a pious guardian of some affection, of which the object has disappeared.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. guardain, gardien, F. gardien, LL. guardianus,. See Guard (v. t.), and cf. Wasden
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. garder—Old High Ger. warten; A.S. weardian, Eng. ward.


In literature:

The chances seemed to be in favor of Julius growing up such another as his guardian.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
Sir John is their guardian.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
The Fatime had been discovered in the harbor of Alexandria before the Guardian-Mother and her tender sailed.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
At least, I know very well that no United States court can touch the young woman, Wonota, except through her guardian.
"Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence" by Alice B. Emerson
At last his mother agreed with Lord Carlisle, who was his guardian, to take him to London, to be better educated and taken care of.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Decidedly her guardian was in a bad way financially speaking.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
If so, I decline their guardian's terms at once.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
This story marks the contrast between the prince and his guardian.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Perdiccas, to whom Alexander had, on his death-bed, delivered his ring, became guardian of the kings during their minority.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
Lycurgus became his guardian and presented him to the magistrates as their future king.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
And as you can't marry me, my dear parent and guardian, why I object to listening to a proposal from your lips.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
As for anything else, I guess Maria Pinckney will be the real guardian.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Twilight has fallen; the guardian fire glows more brightly as the darkness thickens.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Besides," he continued, with an ugly smile, "I'm your legal guardian.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
At one time I was to be your guardian if anything happened to your father.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Who could tell what her guardian intended her for?
"That Girl Montana" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Mr. Tresidder is my guardian.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
What's your guardian angel thinkin' of ye the now, you poor, ignorant, heathen gossoon?
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
Take the Galway Board of Guardians.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The father is the guardian of the minor children, and at his death may appoint a guardian to the exclusion of the mother.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various

In poetry:

Tenuous and Precarious
Were my guardians,
Precarious and Tenuous,
Two Romans.
"Tenuous and Precarious" by Stevie Smith
Father! Thy paternal care
Has my guardian been, my guide:
Every hallowed wish and prayer
Has Thy hand of love supplied:
"God's Paternal Care" by John Bowring
There was, there was a time,
When, though I scorn'd thy guardian care,
Nor made a vow, nor said a prayer,
I did not rue the crime.
"Ode to Health, 1730" by William Shenstone
Not her own guardian-angel eyes
With chaster tenderness his care,
Not purer her own wishes rise,
Not holier her own sighs in prayer.
"The Lover's Fate" by James Thomson
Ah, may it ne'er be thine to know
The sleepless eye, the tossing head;
May He above ordain it so,
And guardian angels shield thy bed.
"Good Night" by Lennox Amott
O spirit, bide with me awhile;
O, faithful friend, haste not away;
Stay, please become my earthly life,
O, Guardian angel of my soul.
"To A Familiar Genius Flying" by Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky

In news:

The Guardian of Zion Award is one of the most prestigious in its field.
According to The Guardian Michael Phelps admitted that with the amount of time that they spend in the pool, they don't have time to get out and go to the bathroom.
Guardian history writer Lucy Schiller is exploring the city street-by-street in the slow week inter-holiday weekends.
Naomi Wolf writes the On Making Change column for the Guardian.
The Guardian (UK) adds to the mystery.
Guardian Alien Bring The Heat To Secret Project Robot's Maze.
In this undated file photo released by Forest Guardians, a prairie dog eats in southwestern Utah.
Jill Filipovic in The Guardian says that we should stop spending so much time and money promoting abstinence and that "having sex before marriage is the best choice for nearly everyone.".
Guardian Dog Group: Perro De Presa Canario.
Most effective guardians of open space.
Guardian Industries and Pythagoras Solar Announce Collaboration.
This review originally appeared in the Jan 7-13, 2009 issue of the Bay Guardian.
The Guardian sheds light on New Zealand's Rena oil spill disaster.

In science:

In these games, the players are Robert (for “robber”) and Ge rald (for “guardian”).
Opacity Issues in Games with Imperfect Information
Arguably, the idea of open data was first brought to the attention of a broader audience with an article from UK’s The Guardian in 2006, which had the opening line: “Our taxes fund the collection of public data – yet we pay again to access it.
Open Data: Reverse Engineering and Maintenance Perspective
Finally, software for this messaging system allows the user to select from the provided templates, what the user wanted to say to his guardian or to his physician or nurse.
Eye-GUIDE (Eye-Gaze User Interface Design) Messaging for Physically-Impaired People
The p53 tumour suppressor protein is one of the most celebrated proteins because of its status as “guardian of the genome” (Vogelstein et al 2000). It constitutes the central node in a network of molecular interactions regulating the cellular response to stresses like DNA damage and oncogene activation.
The p53-MDM2 network: from oscillations to apoptosis
These departments are essentially the business guardians of trading desk activity.
Enterprise Spreadsheet Management: A Necessary Good
The third law is an independent statement, which acts as a “guardian angel” for the second law.
Teaching the third law of thermodynamics
I am especially indebted to Ami Eldar, the current Acknowledgments. guardian of POTENT, for the computations and maps. I am grateful to all my collaborators, many of which have participated in this conference.
Cosmic Flows 99: Conference Summary