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Ward and child

The word ward can be used to refer to a child who is legally put under the protection of a court of law or a guardian.

  • After the death of her parents, the minor girl was made a ward of court. (= The girl was put under legal protection.)

In India, people often use the word ward to refer to their own children. However, native English speakers wouldn’t do this.

In India, it is also common for teachers to use the word ward to refer to their students. Actually most schools still use the word ward in application forms that we fill out while seeking admission. It is true that students are under the protection of teachers when they are in school. However, this use of ward is very old-fashioned and hence it should be avoided.

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