- a member of a corps of bodyguards protecting the pope, with membership restricted to natives of Switzerland.
Origin of Swiss Guard
First recorded in 1690–1700
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- the bodyguard of the pope, recruited from Swiss nationals
- a member of this bodyguard
- one of a group of Swiss mercenaries who acted as bodyguards to the French kings: destroyed in the Revolution