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guardsman

[gahrdz-muh n] /ˈgɑrdz mən/
noun, plural guardsmen.
1.
a person who acts as a guard.
2.
a member of the U.S. National Guard.
3.
British. a member of any select body of troops traditionally organized to protect the person of the sovereign.
Origin of guardsman
1810-1820
1810-20; guard + -s3 or 's1 + -man
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  • As straight and slim and erect as a guardsman, he was nevertheless stamped all over as a civilian.

  • "No, no; I was first: I said 'done' before you," interposed a guardsman.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • The guardsman got up stiffly, flexing his arm, and stooped to pick up and sheath his knife without taking his eyes off Charles.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • I have known it of old, that is, I have often heard it spoken when I was a guardsman in London.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • It is taken by another as big and the image of the guardsman is confirmed.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • The guardsman, not denying the charge, was at once put in ward.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • I'll take three to one in thous, and do it twice, that guardsman wins, or is placed.

British Dictionary definitions for guardsman

guardsman

/ˈɡɑːdzmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
(in Britain) a member of a Guards battalion or regiment
2.
(in the US) a member of the National Guard
3.
a guard
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