guards·​man ˈgärdz-mən How to pronounce guardsman (audio)
: a member of a military body called guard or guards

Examples of guardsman in a Sentence

Guardsmen were deployed to the region.
Recent Examples on the Web Tennessee, Idaho and Nebraska have also sent guardsmen or state law enforcement personnel to Texas. Gregory S. Schneider The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 10 July 2023 In a July 2022 executive order directing Texas guardsmen and the Department of Public Safety to detain migrants who crossed the border between ports of entry, Abbott cited that clause. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 29 July 2023 Colombia’s Indigenous guardsmen usually wear cloth vests and carry wooden staffs, not guns. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, 27 June 2023 After arriving, guardsmen frantically set up chairs, folding tables and a lectern for the ceremony. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2023 Thirty guardsmen are assisting Maui police with traffic control, and 16 roads are still closed on Maui, Jeff Hickman, public affairs director for the state's Department of Defense, said Thursday afternoon. CBS News, 11 Aug. 2023 Videos shared with The Boston Globe at the time showed the US Coast Guard approaching the ferry from behind in open water, and guardsmen quickly boarding the boat and drawing their weapons. Alexa Gagosz,, 10 Aug. 2023 The deceased guardsmen were the only two people aboard the helicopter, the Tennessee National Guard said in a statement, and no one on the ground was injured by the crash. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 15 Feb. 2023 Around the same time Rollins submitted her resignation, Levy appeared at the federal courthouse in Worcester for a hearing in the high profile prosecution of Jack D. Teixeira, the Massachusetts Air National guardsman accused of leaking top-secret military information on the Internet. Shelley Murphy,, 29 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guardsman was in 1648

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

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guards·​man ˈgärdz-mən How to pronounce guardsman (audio)
: a member of a national guard, coast guard, or similar military body

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