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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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 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 The monarch, who recently had a successful cataract operation, watched the ceremony from a dais and inspected the guardsmen in bearskin hats and scarlet tunics. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Harry and Meghan turn out for Trooping the Color spectacle," 9 June 2018 That may mean those such as Gregory, who served honorably as a guardsman but not long enough in active duty, or veterans dishonorably discharged. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Just 15 weeks in, see how KC's tiny-house veteran village is changing lives | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018

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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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