Meaning of guardian

guard•i•an

Pronunciation: (gär'dē-un), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who guards, protects, or preserves.
  2. a person who is entrusted by law with the care of the person or property, or both, of another, as a minor or someone legally incapable of managing his or her own affairs.
  3. the superior of a Franciscan convent.
—adj.
  1. guarding; protecting: a guardian deity.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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