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Dictionary Definition

warden n : the chief official in charge of a prison [syn: warder]

User Contributed Dictionary




  • warden ← ] wardein ← ONF ← warder "to guard" ← Germanic; related to wartēn "to watch". Doublet of guardian.


  1. A chief administrative officer of a prison
  2. An official charged with supervisory duties or with the enforcement of specific laws or regulations; such as a game warden or air raid warden
  3. A governing official in various institutions


a chief administrative officer of a prison
an official charged with supervisory duties

Extensive Definition

Warden may refer to:


Royal officer

University Wardens

  • University's such as the University of Chichester Employs Senior students to act as liaison between the university and its 'Freshmen' Students. They are responsible for Student welfare and help mediate student disputes. They also communicate information between the University and Students and vice versa such as Maintenance that needs undertaking.

Common officer

  • Warden (Masonic), a ruling member in a Masonic Lodge
  • Churchwarden, a lay officer in an Anglican or Episcopal church
  • Game warden, an officer empowered to enforce the hunting and trapping laws of a jurisdiction
  • Park Warden, an officer who enforces acts protecting parks or national parks
  • An Air Raid Precautions Warden who helped protect citizens in WWII




South Africa

United Kingdom

United States of America


External Links

warden in German: Warden
warden in Dutch: Warden

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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