- (in Britain) a cavalry regiment forming part of the ceremonial guard of the monarch.
Compare household cavalry.
Origin of Life Guards
First recorded in 1640–50
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Examples from the Web for life guards
The life-guards sought for them everywhere, but could not find them.Nero
After the life-guards came a body of ten thousand infantry, and after them ten thousand cavalry.Xerxes
He is a lad of as good church-principles as any gentleman in the Life-Guards.Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
Would you believe he tried to do without me—in the Life-Guards, too?'David Copperfield
Outside the Prince's lodging, his escort of life-guards was now drawn up.The Yeoman Adventurer
George W. Gough
- (in Britain) a cavalry regiment forming part of the Household Brigade, who wear scarlet jackets and white plumes in their helmets
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