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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old North French
Origin: wardein, from warder 'to guard'

warden

noun
     
war‧den [countable]
1BO a person who is responsible for a particular place and whose job is to make sure its rules are obeyed
warden of
the warden of the college
churchwarden, game warden, traffic warden
2 American EnglishSCJBO the person in charge of a prison [= governor British English]
3 British EnglishBO someone who takes care of a building and the people in it, for example a place such as a home for old people

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