AskDefine | Define guardian

Dictionary Definition

guardian adj : providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding; "daycare that is educational and not just custodial"; "a guardian angel"; "tutelary gods" [syn: custodial, tutelary, tutelar] n : a person who cares for persons or property [syn: defender, protector, shielder]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Someone who guards, watches over, or protects.
  2. A person legally responsible for a minor (in loco parentis).
  3. A person legally responsible for an incompetent person.
  4. A superior in a Franciscan monastery.


guard or watcher
law: person legally responsible for a minor in loco parentis
law: person responsible for incompetent person
  • Finnish: edunvalvoja

Extensive Definition

Guardian may refer to:


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In the United States


Film, television and theatre

Books and comics

Card and computer games

Other meanings

guardian in German: Guardian
guardian in French: Guardian
guardian in Italian: Guardian
guardian in Dutch: The Guardian
guardian in Norwegian: Guardian

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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