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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Guardian \Guard"i*an\, noun [OF. guardain, gardien, F. gardien, LL. guardianus. See {Guard}, verb (used with an object), 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. --Blackstone.

{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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Guardian \Guard"i*an\ (g[aum]rd"[i^]*an or g[aum]rd"yan; 106), 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

guardian

noun

1: a person who cares for persons or property [syn: {defender}, {guardian}, {protector}, {shielder}]


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