Definitions

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  • n. The rearmost part of a force, especially a detachment of troops that protect the rear of a retreating force.
  • n. The defence, collectively the defenders.

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  • n. a detachment assigned to protect the rear of a (retreating) military body

Etymologies

rear +‎ guard. Attested in The Song of Roland circa 1150 (rereguarde) (Wiktionary)

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  • a defensive or conservative element in an organization or community.

    September 25, 2014