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
Recent Examples on the Web They were photographed heading out from dinner with their bodyguard, Justin wearing a sky blue bowl hat, white-rimmed sunglasses and a black sweatshirt. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 3 July 2022 Rockwell, who was the bodyguard to Joseph Smith and later Brigham Young, was accused of the crime and arrested, but there was no evidence against him and he was eventually freed. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 May 2022 It’s soon revealed that the Rune of Death was stolen by Ranni herself, taken from Marika’s bodyguard and keeper of the rune, Maliketh the Black Blade. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2020 In his attempt to murder Secretary William Seward, Lewis Powell would inflict serious injuries on eight people, including four of Seward's children, a bodyguard, and a messenger. David Morgan, CBS News, 10 May 2015 DuVall, who joined the cast of Veep as Marjorie Palmiotti, Selina Meyer’s bodyguard and lookalike, and her wife, Mia Weier, creative director at The Bungalow Hospitality Group and co-founder of Hello Friend Media, also became part of the group. Abigail Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 June 2022 Defense attorney Kira West said Gold has received threats and travels with a bodyguard. Michael Kunzelman, ajc, 16 June 2022 Heard — who was with her sister Whitney Henriquez, assistant and bodyguard and wore a green top, as her blonde hair hung in waves down her back — flew into New Jersey's Teterboro Airport via private plane around noon on Thursday. Jen Juneau,, 10 June 2022 William Barry, Kennedy’s bodyguard and a former FBI agent, grabbed the gun. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bodyguard

1701, in the meaning defined above

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“Bodyguard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of bodyguard

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


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