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Life Guards

(in Britain) a cavalry regiment forming part of the ceremonial guard of the monarch.
Origin of Life Guards


[lahyf-gahrd] /ˈlaɪfˌgɑrd/
an expert swimmer employed, as at a beach or pool, to protect bathers from drowning or other accidents and dangers.
verb (used without object)
to work as a lifeguard.
1640-50; life + guard Unabridged
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  • The life-guards sought for them everywhere, but could not find them.

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  • After the life-guards came a body of ten thousand infantry, and after them ten thousand cavalry.

    Xerxes Jacob Abbott
  • The army was at West Point, and only the life-guards were near the quarters of the commander-in-chief.

    Peggy Owen and Liberty Lucy Foster Madison
  • The tyrant's life-guards were generally posted in the centre.

  • The life-guards were soon gone, and then a personage appeared, upon whom all eyes were fixed.

    The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45 William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Shining ranks of small clouds gathered on each side like life-guards in golden armour.

    Little Johannes Frederik van Eeden
  • Twenty years of age and well grown, they attracted the notice of the emperor Leo I.: he enrolled them among his life-guards.

    The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
  • At length horses, whose caparisons showed that they belonged to the life-guards, began to fly masterless out of the confusion.

  • On his way Macedonius was received with loud acclaim, "Our father is with us," in which the life-guards joined.

    The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
  • In the hurry, the Prince's bonnet happening to fall off, he was served with a hat by one of the life-guards.

British Dictionary definitions for life-guards


a person present at a beach or pool to guard people against the risk of drowning Also called life-saver

Life Guards

plural noun
(in Britain) a cavalry regiment forming part of the Household Brigade, who wear scarlet jackets and white plumes in their helmets
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Word Origin and History for life-guards



also life-guard, 1640s, "bodyguard of soldiers," from life (n.) + guard (n.), translating German leibgarde. Sense of "person paid to watch over bathers" is by 1896.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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