A guardian is a keeper or protector who looks after the welfare of other people or their property. In legal language, guardian is typically used as an alternative to "parent."

Guardians are often adults who can make legal decisions for children who are not their own. Sometimes they take care of them, too, just like a parent would. A guardian angel is a figure that some people believe (either seriously or jokingly) watches over them and protects them. The term is also used to describe people who believe they are "guarding" something important, like morality, culture, or fashion.

Definitions of guardian

n a person who cares for persons or property

defender, protector, shielder
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Father Christmas
the legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas
Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria
Soviet chief of secret police under Joseph Stalin; was executed by his associates in the power struggle following Stalin's death (1899-1953)
Saint Christopher
Christian martyr and patron saint of travellers (3rd century)
Saint Crispin
patron saint of shoemakers; he and his brother were martyred for trying to spread Christianity (3rd century)
Saint David
patron saint of Wales (circa 520-600)
Saint George
Christian martyr; patron saint of England; hero of the legend of Saint George and the Dragon in which he slew a dragon and saved a princess (?-303)
James Butler Hickock
frontier marshal whose adventures have become legendary (1837-1876)
Saint Patrick
Apostle and patron saint of Ireland; an English missionary to Ireland in the 5th century
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admonisher, monitor, reminder
someone who gives a warning so that a mistake can be avoided
bodyguard, escort
someone who escorts and protects a prominent person
champion, fighter, hero, paladin
someone who fights for a cause
chaperon, chaperone
one who accompanies and supervises a young woman or gatherings of young people
custodian, keeper, steward
one having charge of buildings or grounds or animals
fire fighter, fire-eater, firefighter, fireman
a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires
foster parent, foster-parent
a person who acts as parent and guardian for a child in place of the child's natural parents but without legally adopting the child
a person who keeps watch over something or someone
someone in charge of other people
law officer, lawman, peace officer
an officer of the law
patron saint
a saint who is considered to be a defender of some group or nation
someone who keeps peace
(ancient Rome) an official elected by the plebeians to protect their interests
a guardian or defender against theft or illegal practices or waste
attorney general
the chief law officer of a country or state
baby farmer
someone who runs an establishment that houses and cares for babies for a fee
baby minder, babyminder, minder
a person who looks after babies (usually in the person's own home) while the babys' parents are working
baby-sitter, babysitter, sitter
a person engaged to care for children when the parents are not home
border patrolman
someone who patrols the borders of a country
bouncer, chucker-out
a person whose duty is to throw troublemakers out of a bar or public meeting
a custodian who is hired to take care of something (property or a person)
a lawman with less authority and jurisdiction than a sheriff
conservator, curator
the custodian of a collection (as a museum or library)
den mother
a woman who supervises a den of Cub Scouts
deputy, deputy sheriff
someone authorized to exercise the powers of sheriff in emergencies
door guard, doorkeeper, doorman, gatekeeper, hall porter, ostiary, porter
someone who guards an entrance
a woman chaperon
fire chief, fire marshal
the head of a fire department
fire warden, forest fire fighter, ranger
an official who is responsible for managing and protecting an area of forest
flatfoot, patrolman
a policeman who patrols a given region
foster father, foster-father
a man who is a foster parent
foster mother, foster-mother
a woman who is a foster parent and raises another's child
game warden, gamekeeper
a person employed to take care of game and wildlife
someone responsible for the maintenance of a golf course
gaoler, jailer, jailor, prison guard, screw, turnkey
someone who guards prisoners
a guard who carries a halberd (as a symbol of his duty)
a woman employed as a chaperon in a residence for young people
house sitter
a custodian who lives in and cares for a house while the regular occupant is away (usually without an exchange of money)
someone employed to clean and maintain a building
lieutenant, police lieutenant
an officer in a police force
lighthouse keeper
the keeper of a lighthouse
marshal, marshall
a law officer having duties similar to those of a sheriff in carrying out the judgments of a court of law
MP, military policeman
a member of the military police who polices soldiers and guards prisoners
nanny, nurse, nursemaid
a woman who is the custodian of children
narc, narcotics agent, nark
a lawman concerned with narcotics violations
an escort who rides ahead (as a member of the vanguard)
critter sitter, pet sitter
someone left in charge of pets while their owners are away from home
officer, police officer, policeman
a member of a police force
police sergeant, sergeant
a lawman with the rank of sergeant
Praetorian, Praetorian Guard
a member of the Praetorian Guard
a guard at an airport who checks passengers or their luggage at a security checkpoint
the principal law-enforcement officer in a county
solicitor general
a law officer appointed to assist an attorney general
Ranger, Texas Ranger
a member of the Texas state highway patrol; formerly a mounted lawman who maintained order on the frontier
the chief official in charge of a prison
a person who works in a prison and is in charge of prisoners
security guard, watcher, watchman
a guard who keeps watch
beefeater, yeoman, yeoman of the guard
officer in the (ceremonial) bodyguard of the British monarch
zoo keeper
the chief person responsible for a zoological garden
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someone who keeps safe from harm or danger

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