- One who guards, preserves, or secures; one to whom any person or thing is committed for protection, security, or preservation from injury; a warden.
- [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.]
Etymology: OF. guardain gardien, F. gardien, LL. guardianus. See Guard (v. t.), and cf. Wasden