- an expert swimmer employed, as at a beach or pool, to protect bathers from drowning or other accidents and dangers.
- to work as a lifeguard.
Origin of lifeguard
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Examples from the Web for lifeguard
The Babe showed up, too, arriving late, as usual, and looking tanned as a lifeguard.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address
July 4, 2014
He was a pothead, a devotee of hip hop, a lifeguard, a high school wrestler, an aspiring dentist.Are The Tsarnaevs White?
April 24, 2013
He was a pothead, a devotee of hip-hop, a lifeguard, a high-school wrestler, an aspiring dentist.Are the Tsarnaevs White?
April 24, 2013
When he was drafted to the Korean War, young Clint got placed as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at a base in California.Why ‘Mystery Speaker’ Clint Eastwood Loves the GOP
August 31, 2012
Years before she contemplated taking a witness stand, she occupied a lifeguard stand on Long Island.Noreen Harrington: The Mets’ Madoff Whistle-Blower
March 19, 2012
He had never let go of Nina's hand, but now he did, getting a lifeguard's hold on her.My Shipmate--Columbus
His lifeguard was a body of gentlemen "as is hardly to be paralleled in the world."
Suddenly Charny turned pale and laid his hand on the Lifeguard next him.The Royal Life Guard
Alexander Dumas (pere)
So he dismissed them to Westminster under the escort of his own lifeguard.Monk
She accepted as true however the identification of the lifeguard.The Campfire Girls on Station Island
- a person present at a beach or pool to guard people against the risk of drowningAlso called: life-saver
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Word Origin and History for lifeguard
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