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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bodyguard

escort, guardian, muscle, praetorian, minder, bouncer

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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

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

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