Examples from the Web for praetorian
Abdullah has spent his life building this Praetorian elite force.
But, afterwards, it was all praetorian and legionary business—and since!Life of Lord Byron, With His Letters And Journals, Vol. 5 (of 6)|(Lord Byron) George Gordon Byron
On the death of Pertinax, the praetorian guards offered the throne to the highest bidder.
The death of Papinian, the Praetorian Praefect, was lamented as a public calamity.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
British Dictionary definitions for praetorian (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for praetorian (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for praetorian
early 15c., from Latin praetorianus "belonging to a praetor," from praetor (see praetor). Praetorian Guard is from cohors praetoria, the bodyguard troop of a Roman commander or emperor. Hence modern figurative use for "defenders of an existing order."