Definition of warden in English:



  • 1A person responsible for the supervision of a particular place or thing or for ensuring that regulations associated with it are obeyed.

    ‘the warden of a local nature reserve’
    ‘an air-raid warden’
    • ‘The wardens were quick to respond a sincere thank you - a good deed is never forgotten.’
    • ‘Police in the county now employ around 115 wardens to enforce traffic regulations along with officers, with fines going to central government funds.’
    • ‘The unit, formed under the Litter Act, comprises 12 wardens who will be responsible for minimising incidents of indiscriminate dumping of garbage in the city.’
    • ‘Perhaps we need a set of municipal regulations and wardens or beach guards appointed by the city to assist the police in coping with the workload.’
    • ‘Borough wardens who are responsible for more than 5,000 households are given three ear thermometers.’
    • ‘Now Bradford Council wants to recruit six wardens and a supervisor for Keighley and a further seven to join the five already operating in the city centre.’
    • ‘The plans will take the responsibility for wardens out of their hands and free up more of their resources, allowing them to tackle serious crime.’
    • ‘At the end of October the wardens started to strictly enforce the regulations throughout the district.’
    • ‘In prior wars, we might have volunteered to be air-raid wardens or to roll bandages at the Red Cross.’
    • ‘Each borough council in Lancashire, in conjunction with the county council, has adopted Parkwise and employed dozens of parking wardens to enforce regulations in streets and on car parks.’
    • ‘An administrator for the Parks and Walcot street wardens, he regularly dons his warden uniform to help run the juniors wardens ' activities.’
    • ‘There are no particular hot-spots but wardens respond to individual complaints and liaise with residents if a new bin was requested.’
    • ‘It was the responsibility of air raid wardens to ensure that everybody had been issued with a gas mask.’
    • ‘This was sounded whenever German planes passed over the coastline to give us and our air-raid wardens time to go to the basement for shelter.’
    • ‘Other attractions include a 1940s fashion show and villagers dressed as air raid wardens and GIs.’
    • ‘Certain police-style powers will also be given to accredited private security guards and community wardens under the proposals.’
    • ‘When World War Two broke out Jack was called up and Dorothy took over the round and was also an air-raid warden one day a week.’
    • ‘New council wardens brought in to enforce parking restrictions have been accused of being over-zealous following Witham's recent electricity blackout.’
    • ‘I ran home and told dad and, as he was an air-raid warden, he knew what to do.’
    • ‘The Rainbow Garden Project is a collaboration of efforts from the Victoria Avenue pupils and local street wardens.’
    superintendent, supervisor, steward, overseer, caretaker, janitor, porter, custodian, watchman, concierge, doorman
    ranger, custodian, keeper, guardian, protector, preserver, curator
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    1. 1.1North American The head official in charge of a prison.
      • ‘New York City Prisons warden Sidney Brewster said ‘every addict is a potential criminal.’’
      • ‘Frank Conley, who served as warden until 1921, shaped the prison's philosophy and appearance.’
      • ‘Born and raised in Penghu, Ou showed her love for her hometown by setting up a writing class at Ting Wang Prison after being invited by Liao Teh-fu, former warden of the prison, to give a speech to its inmates.’
      • ‘She will be sworn in September 16 as the first black female warden of a Wisconsin state prison.’
      • ‘On his arrival at The Castle, Irwin is met by prison warden, Colonel Winter, who talks openly of his admiration for his new inmate.’
      • ‘Smith, who walks with a limp and is covered with lesions, says the prison warden and another official threatened him.’
      • ‘She quoted prison warden General Braddon as saying ‘many, many prisoners have already died’ there, mainly from dysentery and pneumonia.’
      • ‘The former warden of Parchman prison in Mississippi spoke out against capital punishment.’
      • ‘The Semarang prison warden later contacted the Cipinang Penitentiary warden, who in turn contacted the Supreme Court.’
      • ‘Prisoners spend twenty two and a half hours a day locked in a small, permanently lit, windowless cell, buried alive on the orders of the warden or prison staff, not the courts.’
    2. 1.2 A churchwarden.
      • ‘Since the book's publication, in June, it has sold 200 copies and made a few hundred pounds for Blackburn's Church of the Saviour, where Jean serves as warden.’
      • ‘Born at Elm Farm, Low Moor Lane, Len attended Rillington Primary School and sang with Rillington Church choir, later becoming warden for 30 years.’
      • ‘Matthew's mum Loraine, who still lives in the village and until last year was the warden of the church, said she was thrilled that Matthew had chosen to return to South Marston for the wedding.’
      • ‘Though much of the Brisbane family was Baptist, William was adopted at age six by a wealthy, childless uncle who was a warden of a Charleston Anglican church.’
      • ‘The process really started when I was the senior warden at an Episcopal church in Florida while I was working with Disney.’
      • ‘But a warden at the church said the measures had been introduced following advice from an insurance company.’
      • ‘Smith was too upset to talk about the decision, said Bob Barnes, the church's senior warden.’
      • ‘To block the Bishop's giveaway, Lewis, along with his church and senior warden, filed suit, claiming to act on behalf of the entire Diocese of Pittsburgh.’
      • ‘She is about to quit as warden of St Timothy's Church in Liden because she despairs of the chronic vandalism against the church there.’
      • ‘At St Philip's Church he was a former trustee, vicar's warden and a lay reader.’
      • ‘I have been privileged to work with a lot of wardens and church people, and have enjoyed every minute.’
      • ‘At the back of church, the wardens used to lock the doors to stop the drunks, taking a short-cut through the church yard on the way back from the pub, disturbing the service.’
      • ‘He had been a past member of the N.S. Welldriller Association, scout leader and warden of St. Luke's Church for a number of years.’
      • ‘Martin Wraith, the first warden when the church moved to Littlelands from a site next to the Sun Inn in Cottingley New Road, said it marked the end of a happy era.’
      • ‘The Reverend, secretary and warden of St Mary the Virgin Church in Edvin Loach, travelled 100 miles to Trowbridge in a farm trailer to pick up the two bells stolen in a raid on the church seven years ago.’
      • ‘There is no way that wardens can keep churches open these days with people like these around.’
    3. 1.3British The head of certain schools, colleges, or other institutions.
      • ‘Now shopkeepers on Manchester Road have sent a petition to Pendle Borough Council complaining Parkwise wardens are damaging their business by booking shoppers who park for just a couple of minutes too long.’
      • ‘Professor Jessica Rawson, warden of Merton College, said no able student should be deterred from applying to Oxford by financial concerns.’
      • ‘There has been a letter from the warden of Morley College blaming Moloko's for distress to their residents.’
      • ‘Alan Ryan is a warden at New College, Oxford University.’
      • ‘The warden of the College expressed the consensus of these essays in this way.’
      principal, head, governor, master, mistress, rector, provost, president, chief, director, chancellor, vice chancellor
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Middle English (originally denoting a guardian or protector): from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French wardein, variant of Old French guarden guardian.