provost guard



a detachment of soldiers assigned to police duties under the provost marshal.

Origin of provost guard

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for provost guard

Historical Examples of provost guard

  • The Provost-Guard was at the old place; I was bound to pass them squarely.

  • The Provost-Guard's now walkin' the cow and him up to Headquarters.

  • I proposed to our little party that they should remain while I rode back to the army for a detachment of the provost-guard.

  • Acting with his usual decision, Sheridan placed his captives in care of a provost-guard, and sent them at once to the rear.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,

    George Alfred Townsend

  • They soon reached a little stream, not far from the depot where the provost-guard was stationed.

    Two Little Confederates

    Thomas Nelson Page

British Dictionary definitions for provost guard

provost guard


(esp in the US) a detachment under command of the provost marshal
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