Praetorian Guard

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British Dictionary definitions for praetorian guard

Praetorian Guard

noun
  1. the bodyguard of the Roman emperors, noted for its political corruption, which existed from 27 bc to 312 ad
  2. a member of this bodyguard
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praetorian guard in Culture

Praetorian Guard

[(pree-tawr-ee-uhn)]

In the ancient Roman Empire, the emperor's bodyguard.

Note

The term is sometimes applied to the inner circle of advisers to a major political figure.
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