In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a ward is the larger of two types of local congregations . A ward is presided over by a bishop, the equivalent of a pastor in many other Christian denominations. As with all church leadership, the bishop is considered lay clergy and as such is not paid. Two counselors serve with the bishop to help with administrative and spiritual duties of the ward and to preside in the absence of the bishop. Together, these three men constitute the bishopric. A branch is presided over by a branch president who may or may not have one or two counselors, depending on the size of the branch.

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  1. A guard; a guardian or watchman.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. Protection, defence.
    1. A guard or watchman; now replaced by warden.
      1. The action of a watchman; monitoring, surveillance (usually in phrases keep ward etc.).
  1. Guardianship, especially of a child or prisoner.
    1. An enchantment or spell placed over a designated area, or a social unit, that prevents any tresspasser from entering, approaching and/or even from being able to locate said-protected premises
  1. Land tenure through military service.
  2. A guarding or defensive motion or position.
    1. A protected place.
  3. An area of a castle, corresponding to a circuit of the walls.
    1. A section or subdivision of a prison.
  4. An administrative division of a borough, city or council.
    1. A division of a forest.
  5. A subdivision of the LDS Church, smaller than and part of a stake, but larger than a branch.
  6. A room in a hospital where patients reside.
  7. A person under guardianship.
  8. A minor looked after by a guardian.
    1. An underage orphan.
  1. An object used for guarding.
    1. The ridges on the inside of a lock, or the incisions on a key.


  1. To keep in safety, to watch over, to guard.
  2. To defend, to protect.
  3. To fend off, to repel, to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by off.
  4. To be vigilant; to keep guard.
  5. To act on the defensive with a weapon.

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