ward. 1. A person, usu. a minor, who is under a guardian’s charge or protection. See GUARDIAN(1). [Cases: Guardian and Ward 1, 9.5.]
permanent ward.A ward who has been assigned a permanent guardian, the rights of the natural parents having been terminated by a juvenile court. [Cases: Guardian and Ward 9.5; Infants 155.]
temporary ward.A minor who is under the supervision of a juvenile court but whose parents’ parental rights have not been terminated. [Cases: Infants 154.1.] ward-in-chancery.Hist. An infant under the superintendence of the chancellor.
ward of admiralty.A seaman — so called because of the legal view that a seaman, in contractual matters, should be treated as a beneficiary and the other contracting party as a fiduciary because of the perceived inequitability of their bargaining positions. [Cases: Seamen 1. C.J.S. Seamen §§ 6, 216–219.]
ward of the state.A person who is housed by, and receives protection and necessities from, the
government. — Also termed state’s ward.
2. A territorial division in a city, usu. defined for purposes of city government. [Cases: Municipal Corporations 40.] 3. The act of guarding or protecting something or someone.
4.Archaic. One who guards. 5.CASTLE-GUARDD. — Formerly also termed warda.
[Blacks Law 8th]