a person or group of persons employed to guard an individual, as a high official, from bodily harm.
a retinue; escort.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to provide with or act as a bodyguard.

1725–35; body + guard Unabridged
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bodyguard (ˈbɒdɪˌɡɑːd)
a person or group of people who escort and protect someone, esp a political figure

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Word Origin & History

1735, "retinue, escort," collective sing., from body + guard. Attested 1861 as "a soldier of the bodyguard."
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Example sentences
The grub grows by eating the caterpillar but it cannot consume the ladybird
  entirely or the would-be bodyguard would die.
The bodyguard looked concerned-a little panicky, even.
He was allegedly implicated in tapes secretly made by his bodyguard, although
  he insists they were doctored.
He hired a bodyguard, but was defenceless on the day he was murdered.
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