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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English warant, from Anglo-Norman warrant, Old Northern French warant, warand (= Old French guarant, garant, garand > French garant), from Frankish *warand, present participle of Frankish *warjan. Cognate with Old High German werento (guarantor).


warrant (plural warrants)

  1. (obsolete) A protector or defender.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter ij, in Le Morte Darthur, book X:
      And whanne I sawe her makynge suche dole / I asked her who slewe her lorde ¶ Syre she said the falsest knyght of the world now lyuyng [] / and his name is sir Breuse saunce pyte / thenne for pyte I made the damoysel to lepe on her palfroy / and I promysed her to be her waraunt / and to helpe her to entyere her lord
  2. Authorization or certification; sanction, as given by a superior.
  3. Something that provides assurance or confirmation; a guarantee or proof: a warrant of authenticity; a warrant for success.
    • Garry Wills:
      He almost gives his failings as a warrant for his greatness.
  4. An order that serves as authorization, especially: A voucher authorizing payment or receipt of money.
  5. (law) A judicial writ authorizing an officer to make a search, seizure, or arrest or to execute a judgment.
    an arrest warrant issued by Thai supreme court
  6. A warrant officer.
    1. A certificate of appointment given to a warrant officer.
  7. (finance) An option, usually with a term at issue greater than a year, usually issued together with another security, to buy other securities of the issuer.
  8. (New Zealand) A warrant of fitness; a document certifying that a motor vehicle meets certain standards of safety and mechanical soundness.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Anglo-Norman warantir, warandir, Old Northern French warantir, warandir (= Old French guarantir > French garantir), a Romance formation from the noun, Etymology 1, above.


warrant (third-person singular simple present warrants, present participle warranting, simple past and past participle warranted)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To protect, keep safe (from danger).
  2. (transitive) To guarantee (something) to be (of a specified quality, value etc.).
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      His pure tight skin was an excellent fit; and closely wrapped up in it, and embalmed with inner health and strength, like a revivified Egyptian, this Starbuck seemed prepared to endure for long ages to come, and to endure always, as now; for be it Polar snow or torrid sun, like a patent chronometer, his interior vitality was warranted to do well in all climates.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., 55 Fifth Avenue, [1933], OCLC 2666860, page 016:
      Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; [].
  3. (transitive) To guarantee as being true; (colloquially) to believe strongly.
    That tree is going to fall, I'll warrant.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To give (someone) a guarantee or assurance (of something); also, with double object, to guarantee (someone something).
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , II.ii.1.1:
      Crato, in a consultation of his for a noble patient, tells him plainly, that if his highness will keep but a good diet, he will warrant him his former health.
  5. (transitive) To authorize; to give (someone) warrant or sanction (to do something).
    I am warranted to search these premises fully.
  6. (transitive) To justify; to give grounds for.
    Circumstances arose that warranted the use of lethal force.



Borrowed from English warrant.


warrant m (invariable)

  1. warrant (document or certificate)