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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Guardian  \Guard"i*an\,  a. 
  Performing,  or  appropriate  to  the  office  of  a  protector;  as 
  a  guardian  care 
 
  {Feast  of  Guardian  Angels}  (R.  C.  Ch.)  a  church  festival 
  instituted  by  Pope  Paul  V.,  and  celebrated  on  October  2d. 
 
 
  {Guardian  angel}. 
  a  The  particular  spiritual  being  believed  in  some  branches 
  of  the  Christian  church  to  have  guardianship  and 
  protection  of  each  human  being  from  birth. 
  b  Hence  a  protector  or  defender  in  general.  --O.  W. 
  Holmes. 
 
  {Guardian  spirit},  in  the  belief  of  many  pagan  nations,  a 
  spirit,  often  of  a  deceased  relative  or  friend,  that 
  presides  over  the  interests  of  a  household,  a  city,  or  a 
  region. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Guardian  \Guard"i*an\,  n.  [OF.  guardain,  gardien,  F.  gardien, 
  LL  guardianus  See  {Guard},  v.  t.,  and  cf  {Wasden}.] 
  1.  One  who  guards,  preserves,  or  secures;  one  to  whom  any 
  person  or  thing  is  committed  for  protection,  security,  or 
  preservation  from  injury;  a  warden. 
 
  2.  (Law)  One  who  has  or  is  entitled  to  the  custody  of  the 
  person  or  property  of  an  infant,  a  minor  without  living 
  parents,  or  a  person  incapable  of  managing  his  own 
  affairs. 
 
  Of  the  several  species  of  guardians,  the  first  are 
  guardians  by  nature.  --  viz.,  the  father  and  (in 
  some  cases)  the  mother  of  the  child.  --Blockstone. 
 
  {Guardian  ad  litem}(Law),  a  guardian  appointed  by  a  court  of 
  justice  to  conduct  a  particular  suit. 
 
  {Guardians  of  the  poor},  the  members  of  a  board  appointed  or 
  elected  to  care  for  the  relief  of  the  poor  within  a 
  township,  or  district. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  guardian 
  adj  :  providing  protective  supervision;  watching  over  or 
  safeguarding;  "daycare  that  is  educational  and  not  just 
  custodial";  "a  guardian  angel";  "tutelary  gods"  [syn:  {custodial}, 
  {tutelary},  {tutelar}] 
  n  :  a  person  who  cares  for  persons  or  property  [syn:  {defender}, 
  {protector}] 




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