wardship. 1. Guardianship of a person, usu. a minor. [Cases: Guardian and Ward  1.] 2. The condition of being a ward. 3.Hist. The right of the feudal lord to guardianship of a deceased tenant’s minor heir until the heir reached the age of majority. — Also termed (in senses 1 & 3) guardage.
[Blacks Law 8th]