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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So what were the key takeaways that those us sans bodyguards can inject into our wardrobe? Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "These Celebs Nailed the Art of Airport Style This Year," 28 Nov. 2018 Others who testified include Trump’s former longtime spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, and former bodyguard Keith Schiller. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "House Republicans vote to release Russia probe transcripts, plan subpoena for Fusion GPS co-founder," 28 Sep. 2018 When all canines are exiled to a garbage dump island, a 12-year-old boy sets out to find his bodyguard dog in this animated film. Kevin Crust,, "L.A. movie openings, March 23," 18 Mar. 2018 When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Isle of Dogs’," 12 Mar. 2018 In addition, NBC News reported last November on testimony from longtime Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller, who testified before the House Intelligence Committee that Trump went to bed alone while in Russia, according to two sources. NBC News, "Did Trump stay overnight in Russia in 2013? Evidence points to yes," 20 Apr. 2018 Nats and Gigi glided back and forth between their center ballroom table and the smoking patio, accompanied by a bodyguard. New York Times, "Growing Up Getty," 23 June 2018 Even though he was accompanied by bodyguards, some of whom had previously protected former Cuban President Fidel Castro, Díaz-Canel seemed relaxed and confident. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, "Cuba's likely new leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel, faces economic and diplomatic challenges," 18 Apr. 2018 Da Silva emerged a second time shortly after nightfall, this time surrounded by bodyguards who pushed back scores of supporters who tried to stop his advance. Peter Prengaman, Jill Langlois, USA TODAY, "Brazil's ex-president 'Lula' da Silva jailed for graft," 8 Apr. 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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