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[bod-ee-gahrd] /ˈbɒd iˌgɑrd/
a person or group of persons employed to guard an individual, as a high official, from bodily harm.
a retinue; escort.
verb (used with or without object)
to provide with or act as a bodyguard.
Origin of bodyguard
First recorded in 1725-35; body + guard Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Surround her with a bodyguard, if you like," said the General.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • But it was useless to think of this, with even the General suggesting a bodyguard.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • Jerry has been my bodyguard on Sunday nights for a long time past and I am used to him.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • And far off in the distance could be heard the cries of his bodyguard.

  • Behind them came 400 mounted archers forming the bodyguard of the king.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for bodyguard


a person or group of people who escort and protect someone, esp a political figure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bodyguard

1735, "retinue, escort," collective singular, from body + guard (n.). Attested 1861 as "a soldier of the bodyguard."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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