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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Think of him as a bodyguard with an IMDb page, one with credits going as far back as 1997. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "What Does Gavin de Becker Actually Do for Jeff Bezos?," 8 Feb. 2019 The tradition dates back to at least the reign of King Henry VII, who established the Yeoman Warders as the royal bodyguard in 1485. New York Times, "36 Hours in the Cotswolds," 17 May 2018 As a chaplain, he was not allowed to carry weapons, but was instead assigned an armed officer as bodyguard. Diane Dachota,, "Army chaplain and Lutheran minister to lead Western Springs Memorial Day parade," 15 May 2018 Six years later, when Chávez ran successfully for president, Andrade served as his bodyguard. Jay Weaver And Antonio Maria Delgado, miamiherald, "Ex-Venezuelan treasurer close to Chávez is target of Florida money-laundering probe | Miami Herald," 31 Mar. 2018 That's where 12-year-old Atari (Koyu Rankin), an orphan taken in by the mayor, heads after hijacking a prop plane in search of his bodyguard dog, Spots (Liev Schreiber). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' will scratch your itch for quirky animation," 19 Mar. 2018 Four years later, he and his bodyguard were taken into custody for a felony assault charge for beating up a man who jumped into a fan photo. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Chris Brown Arrested for Battery," 6 July 2018 Many lacked the bodyguards and other security infrastructure that are routine for candidates for gubernatorial and national posts. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Slayings of political candidates accelerate in run-up to Mexico election," 27 June 2018 The bodyguards were convicted, but no motive was ever established. New York Times, "In Malaysia, Calls for New Leaders to Revisit Old Abductions and Deaths," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of bodyguard

1701, in the meaning defined above

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: 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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