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

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Rocky and his bodyguard were trying to defuse the situation. Christie D'zurilla,, "With ASAP Rocky still jailed in Sweden, celebs rally for rapper’s release," 12 July 2019 Ken Wharfe, Diana’s former bodyguard, added that Diana would have seen Meghan’s non-aristocratic background — unconventional by royal family standards — as an asset to the British monarchy. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Princess Diana would have liked Meghan Markle — but not her extravagant New York baby shower, friends of late princess say," 2 July 2019 In April, the U.S. banned 16 Saudis, including one of Prince Mohammed’s former aides and a former bodyguard, from entering the U.S. for their roles in Mr. Khashoggi’s murder, which took place at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Trump Praises Saudi Crown Prince for Doing ‘a Spectacular Job’," 29 June 2019 Souza's lawyer, Francisco Balieiro, argued that his client’s bodyguard was a dubious witness, a criminal who was willing to make an outlandish claim to secure a deal for being charged in nine murders. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Netflix 'Killer Ratings' true-crime series looks at Brazilian TV host accused of ordering murders to spice up ratings," 25 June 2019 One ex-bodyguard became an internet meme last year after posting a bizarre video address challenging Alexei Navalny, Russia’s leading opposition politician, to a duel. The Economist, "The improbable careers of Vladimir Putin’s bodyguards," 21 June 2019 The poster for the 1992 film starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston features Costner’s titular bodyguard carrying Houston’s pop star Rachel Marron out of a nightclub after a riot breaks out at one of her shows. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Kevin Costner drops bombshell about iconic The Bodyguard poster: 'That wasn't even Whitney'," 21 June 2019 She was flanked by NYPD officers and bodyguards — one of whom held an umbrella over her, according to NBC New York. NBC News, "Cardi B indicted on unspecified charges in alleged strip-club brawl," 21 June 2019 One such client was joined by her driver and bodyguard to see apartments in downtown Manhattan, Mr. Slater said. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "‘Nobody Cares!’ Rich Unknowns Try Celebrity Tricks to Hide House Hunting," 17 June 2019

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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 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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