Meaning of “guardian” in the English Dictionary

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"guardian" in British English

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guardiannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡɑː.di.ən/ us /ˈɡɑːr.di.ən/

a person who has the legal right and responsibility of taking care of someone who cannot take care of himself or herself, such as a child whose parents have died:

The child's parents or guardians must give their consent before she has the operation.

formal someone who protects something:

These three official bodies are the guardians of the nation's countryside.

(Definition of “guardian” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"guardian" in American English

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guardiannoun [ C ]

us /ˈɡɑr·di·ən/

a person who has the legal right and responsibility of taking care of someone who is not responsible for his or her own care, such as a child whose parents have died

A guardian is also someone who protects something:

She characterized the department as the guardian of the nation’s forests.

(Definition of “guardian” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"guardian" in Business English

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guardiannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡɑːdiən/ us

LAW a person who has the legal responsibility to take care of someone who cannot take care of themselves, for example a child whose parents have died:

The child's parent or guardian chooses which type of Child Trust Fund to open.

someone who protects something:

The Bank of England's reputation as the guardian of financial stability has been tested by these events.

(Definition of “guardian” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)