Old Guard



the imperial guard created in 1804 by Napoleon: it made the last French charge at Waterloo.
(in the U.S.) the conservative element of any political party, especially the Republican Party.
(usually lowercase) the influential, established, more conservative members of any body, group, movement, etc.: the old guard of New York society.

Origin of Old Guard

translation of French Vieille Garde
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British Dictionary definitions for old guard (1 of 2)

old guard


a group that works for a long-established or old-fashioned cause or principle
the conservative element in a political party or other group

Word Origin for old guard

C19: from Old Guard

British Dictionary definitions for old guard (2 of 2)

Old Guard


the French imperial guard created by Napoleon in 1804
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