afterguard

noun
af·​ter·​guard | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌgärd How to pronounce afterguard (audio) \

Definition of afterguard

1 : the sailors stationed on the poop or after part of a ship
2 : the decision-making members of a sailboat racing team usually including a helmsman, tactician, and navigator

First Known Use of afterguard

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for afterguard

after- + guard entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about afterguard

Time Traveler for afterguard

Time Traveler

The first known use of afterguard was in 1750

See more words from the same year

Statistics for afterguard

Cite this Entry

“Afterguard.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afterguard. Accessed 18 January 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on afterguard

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with afterguard

Comments on afterguard

What made you want to look up afterguard? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

experienced by way of someone else

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!