[ lahyf-gahrd ]
/ ˈlaɪfˌgɑrd /


an expert swimmer employed, as at a beach or pool, to protect bathers from drowning or other accidents and dangers.

verb (used without object)

to work as a lifeguard.

Origin of lifeguard

First recorded in 1640–50; life + guard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lifeguard


/ (ˈlaɪfˌɡɑːd) /


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



also life-guard, 1640s, "bodyguard of soldiers," from life (n.) + guard (n.), translating German leibgarde. Sense of "person paid to watch over bathers" is by 1896.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper