from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chain used to secure something, especially a part of the dress and personal equipment, as, in the middle ages, the hilt of the sword to the breastplate or other part of the body-armor, or at the present day a watch, brooch, or bracelet. See cut under belt.


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  • He presented his tutor with his best-bound books, and his gold guard-chain, and wanted him to take his double-barrelled gun.

    The History of Pendennis

  • She saw the purse Effie was knitting for Albert, and the guard-chain

    Lewie Or, The Bended Twig

  • Fagin, placing a snuff-box in one pocket of his trousers, a notecase in the other, and a watch in his waistcoat pocket, with a guard-chain round his neck, and sticking a mock diamond pin in his shirt, buttoned his coat tight round him, and putting his spectacle-case and handkerchief in his pockets, trotted up and down with a stick, in imitation of the manner in which old gentlemen walk about the streets.

    Ten Boys from Dickens

  • William, fumbling with the guard-chain, was silent.

    The Awakening of Helena Richie

  • Grasping in one hand the guard-chain of his watch, he dashed the watch itself two or three times against the stone basin-rim.


  • He wore a big cluster diamond pin, a sort of hen-and-chickens of his own, secured by a minute guard-chain on a ruffled shirt-front of snowiest linen, where clung dry crumbs of the "fine-cut" which puffed the lower side pockets of his gray alpaca sack coat.

    Gideon's Band A Tale of the Mississippi

  • Owing to Mr. Adolph's systematic arrangements, when St. Clare turned round from paying the hackman, there was nobody in view but Mr. Adolph himself, conspicuous in satin vest, gold guard-chain, and white pants, and bowing with inexpressible grace and suavity.

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • A fellow appears with a pink guard-chain and two breast-pins in his shirt, -- one a masonic one of gold, with compass and square, and the other of colored glass, set in filigree brass, -- and the shirt a soiled one.

    Passages from the American Notebooks, Volume 1

  • "Buy a silver guard-chain for your vatch, sir!" cried a dark eyed urchin, mounting the fore-wheel, and holding a bunch of them in Mr. Jorrocks's face; "buy pocket-book, memorandum-book!" whined another.

    Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities

  • On one occasion we met in Broadway a young negress in the extreme of the fashion, and accompanied by a black beau, whose toilet was equally studied; eye-glass, guard-chain, nothing was omitted; he walked beside his sable goddess uncovered, and with an air of the most tender devotion.

    Domestic Manners of the Americans


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