August 14, 2016
guardian (noun)
\GAHR-dee-un\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : one that guards : custodian2 : one who legally has the care of a person or the property of another
How do you use it?
In the novel, the brother and sister attempted various schemes to escape from their cranky and ornery guardian but try as they might, they always ended up back at his estate.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of these do you think is the path "guardian" took to modern English?

"Guardian" comes from the Middle English word "gardein" -- also spelled "wardein" -- and the Middle English word traces back to Anglo-French "wardein" or "gardein." If you think "wardein" looks similar to "warden," you're onto something. The word "warden" (meaning "one who has charge or care of something") is also a descendant of "wardein, gardein." But the story doesn't stop there. "Wardein, gardein" comes from the Anglo-French verb "warder" or "garder," meaning "to guard." And "warder, garder" is the ancestor of several English words, including "award," "guard" and "wardrobe."
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