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guardian

guard·i·an

guardian

 
pronunciation:
gar di n
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person who guards or protects.
synonyms:
defender, protector, shield, watchdog
similar words:
chaperon, custodian, escort, keeper, parent, patron, preserver, protection, steward, watcher, watchman
definition 2: a legally appointed individual responsible for the care, management, and protection of the person and property of a minor.
similar words:
fiduciary, parent
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: preserving or protecting.
a guardian angel
synonyms:
protective, tutelary, vigilant, watchful
similar words:
alert, attentive, careful, defensive, heedful, mindful, observant, preservative
derivation: guardianship (n.)
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The word guardian contains the following part:
-an, -ian, -ean Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means in adjectives: from (a place) or pertaining to or following (a figure or school of thought); in nouns: person or thing from (a place) or associated with (an activity or school of thought).
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The suffix group -an , -ian , -ean attaches to common nouns and proper nouns to form adjectives or nouns.