American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person who acts as a guard.
- n. A member of the National Guard.
- n. Chiefly British A soldier in a regiment of household guards.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who guards or keeps ward; a watchman.
- n. In the British service, an officer or private in the Guards.
- n. A person, especially a soldier, who is on guard.
- n. US A member of the National Guard.
- n. UK A member of a Guards regiment.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who guards; a guard.
- n. A member, either officer or private, of any military body called Guards.
- n. a soldier who is a member of a unit called `the guard' or `guards'
“REALITY CHECK: According to the Pentagon, someone who serves in the Air National Guard, as Bush did in the 1970s, is referred to as a guardsman, not a member of the active-duty Air Force.”
“He saw a tall and bony man with very bright blue eyes and what is sometimes called a guardsman's mustache -- the drooping, walruslike ornament which dates back a good many years now.”
“The guardsman was a young man, perhaps seventeen or eighteen, but no more.”
“Abruptly there was an audible snap, and the guardsman was a dead weight sagging on his chest.”
“The guardsman who had wrestled Hoyle from the carriage clapped his hand across her mouth, and was bitten for his trouble.”
“A short, heavy woman in a plain blue dress stepped out, muscled along by a guardsman who gripped her by the wrist.”
“Dodd, the third guardsman, had dashed up the stairs to fetch Balfour.”
“This didn't seem to be a problem when Susan married David nor when Leela married her guardsman.”
“I was deeply inspired by a 20-something friend who successfully shed about 100 pounds and achieved his goal of becoming a national guardsman.”
“He said, In 1937 your grandfather stood on a strike line and was roughed up by some guardsman.”
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