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National Guard

state military forces, in part equipped, trained, and quartered by the U.S. government, and paid by the U.S. government, that become an active component of the army when called into federal service by the president in civil emergencies.
Compare militia (def 2). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The National Guard, forty thousand strong, was thoroughly armed.

    Louis Philippe John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • A law that was proposed with reference to the National Guard.

    Rene Mauperin Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  • The first sabre brandished by the first National Guard was in point of fact that of Joseph Prudhomme!

    Legends of the Bastille Frantz Funck-Brentano
  • At least twenty thousand of the National Guard are Republicans.

    Edmond Dants Edmund Flagg
  • They insulted the grenadiers; an officer of the National Guard reprimanded them.

    History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
British Dictionary definitions for National Guard

National Guard

(sometimes not capitals) the armed force, first commanded by Lafayette, that was established in France in 1789 and existed intermittently until 1871
(in the US) a state military force that can be called into federal service by the president
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National Guard in Culture

National Guard definition

The volunteer military forces of each state, which the governor of a state can summon in times of civil disorder or natural disaster. Through congressional and presidential order, the National Guard can be called into service in the regular United States army.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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