From Middle English gardein, garden, (also wardein, > Modern English warden), from Anglo-Norman guardein, from Old French *guardian, gardein, garden, *gardenc, from the verb guarder, of Germanic origin. Compare French gardien. Doublet of warden.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑɹdi.ən/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑːdɪən/
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- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)dɪən
guardian (plural guardians)
- Someone who guards, watches over, or protects.
- (law) A person legally responsible for a minor (in loco parentis).
- (law) A person legally responsible for an incompetent person.
- A superior in a Franciscan monastery.
- (video games) A major or final enemy; boss.
- 1993, Zach Meston; J. Douglas Arnold, Awesome Super Nintendo Secrets 2:
- Secret weak points of bosses/guardians.
- 2004, James Newman, Videogames:
- 'if you tell me how to find the secret door in level three, I'll tell you how to defeat the end of level guardian'
- → Japanese: ガーディアン (gādian)
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guardian m (plural guardians)