gar·​da ˈgär-də How to pronounce garda (audio)
plural gardai ˌgär-ˈdē How to pronounce garda (audio)
often capitalized
: a police officer in the Republic of Ireland

Word History


Irish garda (plural gardaí), short for garda síochána, literally, guardian of the peace

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of garda was in 1934

Dictionary Entries Near garda

Cite this Entry

“Garda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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