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[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.
Origin of lifeguard
1640-50; life + guard Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Send out our supper by the lifeguard, called Burd, as he followed his chum into the surf.

  • He had never let go of Nina's hand, but now he did, getting a lifeguard's hold on her.

    My Shipmate--Columbus Stephen Wilder
  • She accepted as true however the identification of the lifeguard.

  • Would the lifeguard take us in his boat for a while, I wonder?

    Tales From Bohemia Robert Neilson Stephens
  • So he dismissed them to Westminster under the escort of his own lifeguard.

    Monk Julian Corbett
British Dictionary definitions for lifeguard


a person present at a beach or pool to guard people against the risk of drowning Also called life-saver
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lifeguard

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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