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household troops

plural noun
troops guarding or attending a sovereign or a sovereign's residence.
Origin of household troops
First recorded in 1705-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here were the household troops quartered in a prtorium attached to the palace.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • The Brigade of Guards—the infantry of the household troops—comprises the five regiments of foot-guards.

  • A young lieutenant of the household troops appeared in it, and had to be reassured.

    Ministry of Disturbance Henry Beam Piper
  • When Erling Skjalgsson heard of his approach, he called together his household troops, and manned his fleet.

    The Story of Norway Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  • The ladies of Prince Charming's household troops filled their parts to perfection.

  • On the square he met some of the household troops surrounded by an infuriated mob, who were on the point of killing them.

  • The hscarlas were a kind of household troops, variously estimated at three thousand or six thousand men.

  • She married William Rowson, a musician in one of the bands of the household troops.

    Early American Plays Oscar Wegelin
  • Twenty-five thousand household troops, it argued, should be sent up the Euphrates or up the Ganges or up something without delay.

  • The "auxiliaries" have frequently consisted of soldiers selected from the household troops.

    A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
British Dictionary definitions for household troops

household troops

plural noun
the infantry and cavalry regiments that carry out escort and guard duties for a head of state
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