From Middle English wardein, from Anglo-Norman wardein, Old Northern French wardein, from warder (“to guard”), variant of Old French guarder (“to guard”) (whence modern French garder, also English guard), from Proto-Germanic *ward-; related to Old High German wartēn (“to watch”). Compare guardian, French gardien, from Old French guardian, guardein. Compare also ward and reward. Doublet of guardian.
warden (plural wardens)
- (archaic or literary) A guard or watchman.
- A chief administrative officer of a prison.
- An official charged with supervisory duties or with the enforcement of specific laws or regulations; such as a game warden or air-raid warden
- A governing official in various institutions
- A variety of pear.
warden (third-person singular simple present wardens, present participle wardening, simple past and past participle wardened)
- To carry out the duties of a warden.