guardsman

[gahrdz-muh n]
noun, plural guards·men.
  1. a person who acts as a guard.
  2. a member of the U.S. National Guard.
  3. British. a member of any select body of troops traditionally organized to protect the person of the sovereign.

Origin of guardsman

1810–20; guard + -s3 or 's1 + -man
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Examples from the Web for guardsman

Contemporary Examples of guardsman

Historical Examples of guardsman

  • "No, no; I was first: I said 'done' before you," interposed a guardsman.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • I have known it of old, that is, I have often heard it spoken when I was a guardsman in London.

    Lavengro

    George Borrow

  • The guardsman, not denying the charge, was at once put in ward.

    Theodoric the Goth

    Thomas Hodgkin

  • My mind isn't the build of a guardsman's mind, any more than my unfortunate body is.

    Michael

    E. F. Benson

  • He glanced at the guardsman, then flicked a finger out to point at Mauson.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole


British Dictionary definitions for guardsman

guardsman

noun plural -men
  1. (in Britain) a member of a Guards battalion or regiment
  2. (in the US) a member of the National Guard
  3. a guard
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