from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person, especially a soldier, who is on guard.
  • n. A member of the National Guard.
  • n. A member of a Guards regiment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who guards; a guard.
  • n. A member, either officer or private, of any military body called Guards.

from The 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.

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

  • n. a soldier who is a member of a unit called `the guard' or `guards'


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