[gahrdz-muh n]

noun, plural guards·men.

a person who acts as a guard.
a member of the U.S. National Guard.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.


    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.


    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


noun plural -men

(in Britain) a member of a Guards battalion or regiment
(in the US) a member of the National Guard
a guard
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