body·​guard | \ ˈbä-dē-ˌgärd How to pronounce bodyguard (audio) \

Definition of bodyguard

: a usually armed attendant or group of attendants whose duty is to protect a person

Examples of bodyguard in a Sentence

They entered the building surrounded by bodyguards. a member of the royal bodyguard

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Kim's bodyguards will certainly travel with him, providing trusted protection to back up local Singapore security that will control the perimeter and crowds, said Choi Kang, vice president of Seoul's Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Foster Klug,, "Isolated Kim Jong Un takes big gamble leaving home for summit with Trump," 9 June 2018 Keith Schiller, the President's longtime bodyguard who departed the White House last year, also attended. Rebecca Berg, CNN, "RNC expected to announce 2020 convention city by end of summer," 3 May 2018 Over the weekend, The Sunday Times reported that one of Meghan Markle's bodyguards is stepping down after less than a year on the job. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Bodyguard Is Reportedly Stepping Down," 15 Jan. 2019 The assailant was reportedly one of the governor's bodyguards. Fox News, "2 Americans wounded, top general escapes harm in deadly shooting at governor's mansion in Afghanistan," 18 Oct. 2018 At one of her meetings with Rupert Murdoch, according to Carreyrou, the mogul was stunned by Holmes’s phalanx of bodyguards — Murdoch travels with only one. Yashar Ali, Daily Intelligencer, "The Reporter Who Took Down a Unicorn," 24 May 2018 In Black Panther, the Dora Milaje are the personal bodyguards to the King of Wakanda: T’Challa, otherwise known as Black Panther himself. Jazzi Johnson, Teen Vogue, "If You Loved Black Panther’s Dora Milaje, Meet the Dahomey Amazons," 23 Feb. 2018 While the Palace was searching for Meghan's protection officer, it was originally reported that her new bodyguard would be trained by Probert. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's New Female Bodyguard," 24 Oct. 2018 But his bodyguards resisted by force and then started shooting. New York Times, "Afghan Province in Chaos After Crackdown on Militia Leader," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of bodyguard

1701, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bodyguard

: a person or group of people whose job is to protect someone


body·​guard | \ ˈbä-dē-ˌgärd How to pronounce bodyguard (audio) \

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: a person or a group of persons whose duty it is to protect someone

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