bodyguard

[bod-ee-gahrd]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. bodyboard,
  2. bodyboarding,
  3. bodybuilder,
  4. bodybuilding,
  5. bodycheck,
  6. bodyshell,
  7. bodysuit,
  8. bodywear,
  9. bodywork,
  10. bodö

Origin of bodyguard

First recorded in 1725–35; body + guard

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British Dictionary definitions for bodyguard

bodyguard

noun

a person or group of people who escort and protect someone, esp a political figure
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Word Origin and History for bodyguard

bodyguard

n.

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

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