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A relative or third party appointed by a will or by the law to assume responsibility for minor children or incompetent adults. 


 

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
guardian (noun)
1.
one that - guards custodian
2.
a superior of a Franciscan monastery
3.
one who has the care of the person or property of another
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
guardian (noun)
1.
a person or group that watches over someone or something
SYNONYMS:
custodian, guardian, keeper, lookout, minder, picket, sentinel, sentry, warden, warder, watch, watcher, watchman
RELATED WORDS:
observer, patrol, spotter, surveillant, watchdog; bodyguard, convoy, defender, escort, honor guard; gatekeeper; hack []
guardian (noun)
2.
a person who takes care of a property sometimes for an absent owner
SYNONYMS:
caretaker, guardian, janitor, keeper, warden, watchman
RELATED WORDS:
cocurator, curator; sexton, steward
guardian (noun)
3.
someone that protects
SYNONYMS:
custodian, defender, guard, guardian, guardian angel, protection
RELATED WORDS:
bodyguard, champion; lookout, sentinel, sentry, warden, warder, watch, watchdog, watchman; conserver, harborer, keeper, preserver, saver
guardian (noun)
4.
a person who has responsibility for the care of another
SYNONYMS:
carer, caretaker, guardian
RELATED WORDS:
foster parent; babysitter, minder, nanny ( nannie), nurse, sitter; custodian, guard, keep, keeper, protector; attendant, chaperone ( chaperon), companion
NEAR ANTONYMS:
charge, client, dependent, ward
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