from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person or group of persons, usually armed, responsible for the safety of one or more other persons.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who protects or defends the person; a life-guard; collectively, the guard charged with the protection of some person, as a prince or an officer; hence, retinue; attendance; following.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A guard or group of guards to protect or defend the person; a lifeguard.
  • noun Retinue; attendance; following.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person or group of persons, often armed, responsible for protecting an individual.
  • verb transitive To act as bodyguard for (someone); figuratively, to protect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb accompany and protect from physical harm
  • noun someone who escorts and protects a prominent person
  • noun a group of men who escort and protect some important person


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