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.

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Meanwhile, in another nearby town, Ureña, demonstrators threw rocks at guardsmen, who responded with tear gas. José De Córdoba And Daniela Blandón, WSJ, "Violence Erupts in Venezuela Border Showdown," 23 Feb. 2019 At a May 4 demonstration, armed guardsman advanced on the crowd and 29 opened fire for 13 seconds, shooting off 67 rounds. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "6 Legendary Vietnam-Era Anti-War Movement Protests Everyone Should Know," 3 May 2019 Venezuelan guardsmen got out, holding rifles and handguns over their heads, and were received by Colombian migration authorities. José De Córdoba And Daniela Blandón, WSJ, "Violence Erupts in Venezuela Border Showdown," 23 Feb. 2019 Muhar and other guardsmen on his truck several days ago as Hurricane Florence flooded their home. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "After Florence, Rescue Team Gets a Glimmer of Sun, and Thanks," 18 Sep. 2018 Nicholas Muhar told a little girl as she was swung by another guardsman into his grasp. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Amid Florence’s Chaos, Rescue Team Keeps Going," 15 Sep. 2018 But even though each state that borders Mexico has agreed to deploy its guardsmen, questions remain regarding their purpose and mission. Samuel Metz, USA TODAY, "California to give Trump some National Guard patrols at Mexican border," 11 Apr. 2018 One guardsman stood out: Charanpreet Singh Lall, a 22-year-old Sikh from Leicester, who wore a black turban. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Harry and Meghan turn out for Trooping the Color spectacle," 9 June 2018 The annual ceremony involving over 1,400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Meghan Markle Aced the Queen's Birthday Bash at the 2018 Trooping of the Colour," 9 June 2018

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1648, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of guardsman was in 1648

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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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