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[bod-ee-gahrd] /ˈbɒd iˌgɑrd/
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.
Origin of bodyguard
1725-35; body + guard Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bodyguard
  • 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.
  • Lawyers showered his traitorous bodyguard with rose petals.
  • He entered the park, flanked by a cameraman and a bodyguard, and worked his way down the narrow path to its center.
  • He befriended the bodyguard, offering him something to drink.
  • And his constant companion, a hulking bodyguard, is an unobtrusive but quietly menacing presence.
  • The driver has a glazed look as a bodyguard tries to wave away pursuing paparazzi.
British Dictionary definitions for bodyguard


a person or group of people who escort and protect someone, esp a political figure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bodyguard

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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