body·​guard ˈbä-dē-ˌgärd How to pronounce bodyguard (audio)
: 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 Dodi’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, rode in the front passenger seat. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Nov. 2023 Those who remain working in the legal economy tend to become bodyguards, a job that pays veterans from elite units up to about $1,000 a month, a higher-than-average salary, but still rarely enough to reach their financial goals. Isayen Herrera, New York Times, 2 Nov. 2023 From Sarasota, Hosseini’s jet proceeded to St. Augustine, near where DeSantis was living at the time, to pick him up along with an adviser and two state bodyguards, according to the documents. Isaac Arnsdorf and Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2023 Moscow has looked to recruit Wagner veterans back into service and integrate the remnants of the force into a militarized guard headed up by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s former bodyguard. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 10 Nov. 2023 Recommended Three months later, in retribution, India’s then-prime minister, Indira Gandhi, was assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards, triggering riots in Delhi and other parts of the country that left thousands more dead. Aakash Hassan, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Sep. 2023 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who had ordered the raid, was later killed by two Sikh bodyguards, setting off anti-Sikh riots in which thousands were killed. Mithil Aggarwal, NBC News, 19 Sep. 2023 He’s had to hire a bodyguard (John Wick: Chapter 2‘s Riccardo Scamarcio) to keep all of his admirers and would-be clients at bay. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 16 Sep. 2023 On Thursday, the State of Israel confirmed on Instagram that one of the superstar’s Eras Tour bodyguards — who previously gained viral fame in videos guarding the singer — has returned to join the IDF reserves. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1701, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bodyguard was in 1701

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“Bodyguard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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body·​guard ˈbäd-ē-ˌgärd How to pronounce bodyguard (audio)
: a person or group of persons whose job is to protect someone
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