Webster 1913 Edition
One who guards, preserves, or secures; one to whom any person or thing is committed for protection, security, or preservation from injury; a warden.
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
guardiansby nature. – viz., the father and (in some cases) the mother of the child.
Guardian ad litem
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.
(gärd′ĭ-an or gärd′yan; 106),
Performing, or appropriate to, the office of a protector;
Feast of Guardian Angels
(R. C. Ch.)
a church festival instituted by–
Pope Paul V., and celebrated on October 2d.
The particular spiritual being believed in some branches of the Christian church to have guardianship and protection of each human being from birth.
Hence, a protector or defender in general.
O. W. Holmes.–
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.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A warden; one who guards, preserves or secures; one to whom any thing is committed for preservation from injury.
2.In law, one who is chosen or appointed to take charge of the estate and education of an orphan who is a minor, or of any person who is not of sufficient discretion to manage his own concerns. The person committed to the care of a guardian is called his ward.
Guardian of the spiritualities, the person to whom the spiritual jurisdiction of a diocese is entrusted, during the vacancy of the see.