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

  • noun A detachment of troops that protects the rear of a military force.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English reregarde, from Old French : rere, backward (from Latin retrō; see re- in Indo-European roots) + guarde, guard (from guarder, to defend; see guard).]

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