A.one that has charge of a person or thing, Hom. (only in Il.) always of persons attending to the dead, 23.163, 674.
2. generally, one who cares for others, protector, guardian, Thgn.645, S.Ph.195 (anap.), Ar.V.242, X.Mem.2.7.12: pl., Phld. Mort.23; of tutelary heroes, X. Cyr.3.3.21; “κ. τῆς πόλεως” Pl.R.412c; τᾶσδε φυγᾶς . . κ. protector, A.Supp.76 (lyr.); “τοῦ ζῆν ἡμῶν καὶ τοῦ φρονεῖν κ.” Pl.Lg.808b; “κ. οὐκ ἔφεδρον βίου” Men.663; of a legal guardian, POxy.888.2 (iii/iv A.D.), etc.; “τῶν δακτύλων” Alex.148; of a female, Simon.116, S.Ant.549.