From Old French guardian, guardein (“protector, guard”), gardein, garden, from an earlier *gardenc, the first root deriving from guarder and the second of Germanic origin. The suffix was later changed; cf. the Medieval Latin guardianus, which may have influenced it.
- guard (someone who keeps guard of something)
- guardian, warden (protector)
- guardian (someone who looks after something else)
- (law) guardian
- (sports) goalkeeper; goaltender