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 His wish granted, Brown (6-8, 345) lands with another high-octane offense but will now be showcased as the bodyguard for QB Patrick Mahomes, arguably the league's premier player. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Orlando Brown Jr. trade winners, losers: Who made out best in Ravens-Chiefs swap?," 25 Apr. 2021 In the late-Eighties, Van Halen gave the instrument to one of his guitar heroes, Mountain’s Leslie West, who in turn gifted in 1990 to his bodyguard, who on Sunday will sell the guitar to the highest bidder. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, "Eddie Van Halen ‘Frankenstrat’ Guitars Hit the Auction Block," 10 Apr. 2021 Two men wanted in the deadly riot at the Capitol were arrested over the weekend, including one who reportedly served as a bodyguard to former President Donald Trump's longtime political confidant Roger Stone, federal authorities said Monday. Jim Mustian, Star Tribune, "FBI arrests 2, including Stone bodyguard, in Capitol riot," 8 Mar. 2021 Julian King Monroe co-stars in the play as Malcolm’s wary bodyguard Rashad. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Stellar performances lift Point Loma Playhouse’s ‘The Meeting’," 2 Mar. 2021 But when Violet's club and life are threatened by a mysterious figure, she is placed under the watchful eye of professional bodyguard Arthur Kneland. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: February romance novels are tender and warmhearted," 1 Mar. 2021 Gaga’s third pup ran away from the altercation and was later retrieved by the Grammy winner’s bodyguard while Gaga is in Rome working on a film, according to TMZ. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "After Lady Gaga’s dog walker shot in Hollywood, she offers $500,000 for dogs’ return," 25 Feb. 2021 An ex-convict becomes the bodyguard of a powerful deity. Washington Post, "63rd Annual Grammy Awards," 13 Mar. 2021 And most thanks of all to my bodyguard, who stopped me [from] getting shot twice. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Sacha Baron Cohen Thanks Bodyguard Who Saved Him from 'Getting Shot Twice' While Filming Borat 2," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of bodyguard

1701, in the meaning defined above

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“Bodyguard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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