Definitions

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

  • noun A person who acts as a guard.
  • noun A member of the National Guard.
  • noun Chiefly British A soldier in a regiment of household guards.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who guards or keeps ward; a watchman.
  • noun In the British service, an officer or private in the Guards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Examples

  • 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.

    The Deluxe Election-Edition Bushisms

  • 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.

    The Deluxe Election-Edition Bushisms

  • 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.

    Jason

  • The guardsman was a young man, perhaps seventeen or eighteen, but no more.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • The guardsman was a young man, perhaps seventeen or eighteen, but no more.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • The guardsman was a young man, perhaps seventeen or eighteen, but no more.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • Abruptly there was an audible snap, and the guardsman was a dead weight sagging on his chest.

    Conan The Invincible

  • The guardsman who had wrestled Hoyle from the carriage clapped his hand across her mouth, and was bitten for his trouble.

    End of Time

  • A short, heavy woman in a plain blue dress stepped out, muscled along by a guardsman who gripped her by the wrist.

    End of Time

  • Dodd, the third guardsman, had dashed up the stairs to fetch Balfour.

    End of Time

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