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 Some guardsmen preparing to go to war are training elsewhere because the storm halved the base’s capacity. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "To pay for Trump’s wall, a hurricane-wrecked base in Puerto Rico loses funding," 20 Sep. 2019 As they back away, one guardsman trains his rifle on the limp body and fires a single shot at close range. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "No Dialogue for Maduro," 3 Feb. 2019 According to the most recent government data, there are 2,500 guardsmen patrolling the state. Fox News, "Mexico's president calls attack on Gulf coast city bar that left 25 dead the 'most inhuman thing possible'," 28 Aug. 2019 Jane Welch, spokeswoman for the Adjutant General, says six guardsmen, using three trucks, are hauling 40,000 gallons of water every day to about 150 homes. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 The guardsmen and 25 other people were forced to abandon ship. Fox News, "Coast Guard rescues 37 from capsized fishing boat off Central American coast," 12 Aug. 2019 Her other arm is wrapped around her 6-year-old son, Anthony, who is looking up at the guardsman. Leah Asmelash And Brian Ries, CNN, "Guatemalan mother pleads with a Mexican soldier for mercy in new photos taken at US border," 26 July 2019 But guardsmen are also raiding airports, bus stations, even hotels and motels. Dallas News, "Mexico wrestles with its identity as the national guard helps Trump and López Obrador crack down on migrants," 29 June 2019 Backed by the guardsmen, immigration officers at an increasing number of highway checkpoints pull foreigners traveling without visas or other legal status from buses and taxis, often for quick deportation. Dudley Althaus,, "Migration slows in Mexico. But will it last?," 23 June 2019

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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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30 Nov 2019

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“Guardsman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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