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Swiss Guard

noun
1.
a member of a corps of bodyguards protecting the pope, with membership restricted to natives of Switzerland.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700
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British Dictionary definitions for swiss guards

Swiss Guard

noun
1.
the bodyguard of the pope, recruited from Swiss nationals
2.
a member of this bodyguard
3.
one of a group of Swiss mercenaries who acted as bodyguards to the French kings: destroyed in the Revolution
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Swiss Guards

corps of Swiss soldiers responsible for the safety of the pope. Often called "the world's smallest army," they serve as personal escorts to the pontiff and as watchmen for Vatican City and the pontifical villa of Castel Gandolfo

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