body·guard | \ˈbä-dē-ˌgärd \

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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Drake sends a celebratory shout out to Baka Not Nice, his bodyguard and OVO artist who was jailed for six months in 2015 for assaulting a woman (charges of prostitution and human trafficking were dropped)., "Album Review: Drake Is Upset On Scorpion. Women Should Be Upset About Scorpion.," 2 July 2018 Federal charges against his bodyguards were dropped in March, a day before Erdogan was scheduled to meet with Trump’s Secretary of State. Karl Vick, Time, "A Reckoning After Trump's Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We?," 21 June 2018 After splitting from Seal, Klum reportedly dated her bodyguard Martin Kristen from 2012 to 2014. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "All the Heidi Klum Facts You Never Knew You Wanted to Know," 25 May 2018 Some of the pills were prescribed to his bodyguard, Metz said, to protect the singer's privacy. Todd Melby, Anchorage Daily News, "No criminal charges will be filed in overdose death of Prince," 19 Apr. 2018 Another conflict may relate to the man behind some of Pruitt’s most controversial security upgrades, including biometric locks in his office and his round-the-clock bodyguards., "+1 212 318 2000," 12 Apr. 2018 Still, she is worried, despite having the bodyguards her friends are helping to pay for. Felipe Villamor, New York Times, "To Criticize Duterte in Public, ‘Inhale Courage and Exhale Fear’," 19 Jan. 2018 Agalarov also addressed an account from former Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller about a man who offered to send five prostitutes to Trump's room during a 2013 trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Russian pop star Emin Agalarov denies offering Trump prostitutes, influencing election," 10 July 2018 Turkey's state news agency said local store owners attacked the AKP members, but the BBC cited opposition sources as saying the candidate’s bodyguard opened fire. NBC News, "Turkey's election campaigns are marred by violence," 19 June 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 \

Kids Definition of bodyguard

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

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