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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Suneson said a video of the fracas published on Rocky’s Instagram account was edited to remove footage of the rapper’s bodyguard shoving and grabbing the plaintiff before the actual assault, the AFP reported. Washington Post, "A$AP Rocky enters not guilty plea as assault trial begins in Sweden," 30 July 2019 Former forest preserve police Chief Kelvin Pope, who once served as county board President Toni Preckwinkle’s bodyguard, resigned this week after Blanchard’s report outlined the dispute involving Arroyo and an ally of his, Luis A. Peña. John Byrne,, "Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr. acknowledges he intervened for ally in forest preserve parking ticket incident," 19 July 2019 Notable guest appearances: Kane Software’s former head of security Clarence Wiedman (Christopher B. Duncan) pops up in this episode as Logan’s replacement as Maloof’s bodyguard. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Hulu's Veronica Mars revival binge recap for every episode," 19 July 2019 Rapid Rescue Company 711, which is connected to Prime Minister Hun Sen's elite military bodyguard brigade, spearheaded the rescue. Fox News, "Cambodian man collecting bat droppings survives being wedged between rocks for 4 days," 9 Aug. 2019 The rescue was spearheaded by specialists from Rapid Rescue Company 711, which is connected to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s elite military bodyguard brigade. Washington Post, "Cambodian rescued after 4 days wedged in mountain rocks," 7 Aug. 2019 However, Stromberg tells TIME that video had edited out a scene showing the rapper’s bodyguard throwing Jafari to the ground. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "A$AP Rocky Lands Back in U.S. After Sweden Assault Trial Ends," 3 Aug. 2019 The bodyguard said that Jafari approached the group twice and was told to go away multiple times. NBC News, "Swedish prosecutors want ASAP Rocky to serve six months behind bars," 2 Aug. 2019 The rapper’s bodyguard, identified as Timothy Leon Williams, also testified Friday. Jari Tanner,, "Rapper A$AP Rocky to be freed from Swedish jail as judges mulls case," 2 Aug. 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) \

Kids Definition of bodyguard

: a person or a group of persons whose duty it is to protect someone

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