|ward /ˈwoɚd/ noun [count]|
1 a : a section in a hospital for patients needing a particular kind of care • She works in the cancer/maternity/psychiatric ward.
1 b US : a section in a prison • a maximum security ward
2: one of the sections into which a city or town is divided for the purposes of an election • the council representative from Ward 22
3 : a person (such as a child) who is protected and cared for by a court or guardian • They were wards of the state. • (US) The boy was made a ward of the court. = (British) The boy was made a ward of court.