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 The Kilpatrick-Beatty relationship and Brown's dismissal were central to the whistle-blower suit filed by Brown and Harold Nelthrope, a former police officer and mayoral bodyguard. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Mayor lied under oath, text messages show," 30 May 2020 In 2018 hundreds of Wagner men arrived in the Central African Republic to guard diamond mines, train the army and provide bodyguards for an embattled president, Faustin-Archange Touadéra. The Economist, "Soldiers of misfortune Why African governments still hire mercenaries," 28 May 2020 The only people living there now, cut off in isolation, are the 37 famous beefeaters, historically the British monarch's personal bodyguards who live inside the walled fortress, with their families, and who are there to protect the crown jewels. Fox News, "Tower of London lies empty amid coronavirus with famous beefeaters cut off in isolation," 22 May 2020 Worse, the black-market supplies are sporadic and limited in Caracas, the capital, forcing even ministers’ bodyguards to post appeals for gasoline on social media. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "From Nearly Free to Out-of-Reach: Gasoline’s Crazy Price Swing in Venezuela," 15 May 2020 Mattos said the Venezuelans described him as a Delta Force member and Trump bodyguard who had the backing of the U.S. government. NBC News, "The 'mind-blowing' story of the ex-Green Beret who tried to oust Venezuela's Maduro," 8 May 2020 The first game sees Corvo, a royal bodyguard from the steampunk city of Dunwall, framed for the murder of his Empress and the kidnapping of her daughter. Nick Romano,, "A videogame for every one of your quarantine moods," 28 Apr. 2020 The young North Korean leader is revered almost like a deity within the country, and he's protected as such -- just think back to the images of Kim's bodyguards running alongside his limousine during his meetings with other world leaders in 2018. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Why the confusion about Kim Jong Un's health actually makes sense," 21 Apr. 2020 Charles Lenton O’Brien was born on Dec. 20, 1933, in Kansas City, Mo. His father, also named Charles, worked in a gas station and was a driver and bodyguard for a mobster named Charles Binaggio. Neil Genzlinger,, "Charles O’Brien, who was dogged by Hoffa case, 86," 16 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of bodyguard

1701, in the meaning defined above

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“Bodyguard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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


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