guards·​man | \ ˈgärdz-mən How to pronounce guardsman (audio) \

Definition of guardsman

: 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 For an even more special piece of Christmas tree decor, fans can snag an embroidered Buckingham Palace marching guardsman that comes with just the right amount of sparkle for $17. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "The Queen Decorated Her Christmas Tree With Crowns in the Ultimate Holiday Power Move," 18 Dec. 2020 One guardsman descended into the sewer and surveyed the sidewall. Kevin Sieff, Anchorage Daily News, "Under the U.S.-Mexico border, miles of tunnels worth millions of dollars to traffickers," 13 Oct. 2020 The guardsman pointed to a pile of rock and soil that appeared to have been disturbed recently, not far from a makeshift altar with candles. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "Under the U.S.-Mexico border, miles of tunnels worth millions of dollars — to traffickers," 13 Oct. 2020 On the early morning of June 1, the National Guard was directed to a west Louisville intersection by the Louisville Metro Police Department, where a guardsman fatally shot local business owner David McAtee. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "State Senate GOP says Fischer has failed Louisville, calls for Beshear's help on unrest," 2 Sep. 2020 North Carolina Emergency Management has 75 guardsman and high water vehicles on standby, the press release said, and the state's Department of Transportation has 1,800 personnel, 1,550 pieces of equipment, and 1,000 chainsaws on standby as well. Li Cohen, CBS News, "North Carolina coastal areas under mandatory evacuation as Hurricane Isaias approaches Florida," 1 Aug. 2020 Neither guardsman was injured, and the pair was advised by commanders to report the incident to local police. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "Two National Guardsmen deployed to DC find glass inside pizza delivered via Uber Eats," 11 June 2020 Maggiolo said the guardsmen were injured in Lafayette Park, with close proximity to the White House, in a separate incident from the lightning bolt that struck the Washington Monument. Khrysgiana Pineda, USA TODAY, "Lightning strikes Washington Monument; two National Guardsmen hospitalized in separate strike," 5 June 2020 When the crowd refused to leave, the guardsmen fired tear gas at students and began following them directly. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "50 years ago today, the shooting of 4 college students at Kent State changed America," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of guardsman

1648, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of guardsman was in 1648

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25 Dec 2020

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“Guardsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guardsman

: a U.S. soldier in the National Guard or the Coast Guard
: a British soldier in the Guards


guards·​man | \ ˈgärdz-mən How to pronounce guardsman (audio) \
plural guardsmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of guardsman

: a member of a national guard, coast guard, or other similar military body

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