national guard

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of national guard

1 : a military establishment serving as a national constabulary and defense force
2 capitalized : a militia force recruited by each state of the U.S., equipped by the federal government, and jointly maintained subject to the call of either

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First Known Use of national guard

1792


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National Guard

noun

Definition of National Guard for Students

: a part of the United States military whose members are recruited by each state, equipped by the federal government, and can be used by either the state or the country

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