From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Warden \Ward"en\, n. [OE. wardein, OF. wardein, gardein,
   gardain, F. gardien. See Guardian, and Ward guard.]
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   1. A keeper; a guardian; a watchman.
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            He called to the warden on the . . . battlements.
                                                  --Sir. W.
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   2. An officer who keeps or guards; a keeper; as, the warden
      of a prison.
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   3. A head official; as, the warden of a college; specifically
      (Eccl.), a churchwarden.
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   4. [Properly, a keeping pear.] A large, hard pear, chiefly
      used for baking and roasting. [Obs.]
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            I would have had him roasted like a warden. --Beau.
                                                  & Fl.
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   Warden pie, a pie made of warden pears. [Obs.] --Shak.
      [1913 Webster] Wardenry
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