- 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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- a group that works for a long-established or old-fashioned cause or principle
- the conservative element in a political party or other group
C19: from Old Guard
- the French imperial guard created by Napoleon in 1804
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