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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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  • Of course, the gallant Colonel of the household troops could not do less.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • All the household troops were there, and a large contingent of the nobles of the court.

    Bonnie Prince Charlie G. A. Henty
  • They were the household troops, the crack regiments, that rose against him.

    The Green Book Mr Jkai
  • The Brigade of Guards—the infantry of the household troops—comprises the five regiments of foot-guards.

  • When Erling Skjalgsson heard of his approach, he called together his household troops, and manned his fleet.

    The Story of Norway Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  • Sverre gave him first command of his household troops and made him later Earl of Viken.

    The Story of Norway Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  • Twenty-two bishops, thirteen lords of the bed-chamber, and all the rabble of household troops, will at any time compose an army.

    Four Early Pamphlets William Godwin
  • It was the marques of Cadiz, leading on his household troops and the fighting men of Xeres.

  • Aben Humeya assembled the household troops; and on the same day the tidings arrived, marched to oppose him.

  • The rest of the household troops, too, are characterized by a brilliant variety of dress.

    The Green Book Mr Jkai
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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