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bodyguard

[bod-ee-gahrd] /ˈbɒd iˌgɑrd/
noun
1.
a person or group of persons employed to guard an individual, as a high official, from bodily harm.
2.
a retinue; escort.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
3.
to provide with or act as a bodyguard.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; body + guard
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British Dictionary definitions for body guard

bodyguard

/ˈbɒdɪˌɡɑːd/
noun
1.
a person or group of people who escort and protect someone, esp a political figure
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Word Origin and History for body guard

bodyguard

n.

1735, "retinue, escort," collective singular, from body + guard (n.). Attested 1861 as "a soldier of the bodyguard."

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