life·​guard | \ ˈlīf-ˌgärd How to pronounce lifeguard (audio) \

Definition of lifeguard

: a usually expert swimmer employed (as at a beach or a pool) to safeguard other swimmers

Other Words from lifeguard

lifeguard intransitive verb

Examples of lifeguard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The videos feature a nurse, a lifeguard, a rocket scientist, an architect and government workers — all revealing their pay. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 The city set up a website to alleviate the lifeguard shortage, offering $15 an hour and paid sick leave for workers as young as 15 years old. Brendan Walsh,, 11 Mar. 2022 Francis has been a professional lifeguard for four years and is still learning and improving her competition skills. Emmett Hall,, 26 Aug. 2021 On Monday night, a handwritten note in purple ink was left with flowers at the base of a lifeguard stand at the beach. David Aaro, Fox News, 31 Aug. 2021 Almost a dozen beach chairs and personal belongings were abandoned on the sand around a lifeguard stand that had been flipped over on its side. Erik Larsen, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 Jackson worked as a lifeguard at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Sheriff Grady Judd said. NBC News, 17 Mar. 2022 Tarballs eventually drifted onshore near a Huntington Beach lifeguard tower and Dog Beach. Priscella Vega, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2021 Many lifeguard towers will not be fully staffed throughout the day. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lifeguard

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lifeguard was in 1893

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7 May 2022

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“Lifeguard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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life·​guard | \ ˈlīf-ˌgärd How to pronounce lifeguard (audio) \

Kids Definition of lifeguard

: a person employed at a beach or swimming pool to protect swimmers from drowning

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