(?), n. [OE. wardein, OF. wardein, gardein, gardain, F. gardien. See Guardian, and Ward guard.]
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1. A keeper; a guardian; a watchman.
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He called to the warden on the . . . battlements.
Sir. W. Scott.
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2. An officer who keeps or guards; a keeper; as, the warden of a prison.
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3. A head official; as, the warden of a college; specifically (Eccl.), a churchwarden.
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4. [Properly, a keeping pear.] A large, hard pear, chiefly used for baking and roasting. [Obs.]
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I would have had him roasted like a warden.
Beau. & Fl.
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Warden pie, a pie made of warden pears. [Obs.] Shak.
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, } n. The office or jurisdiction of a warden.
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