national guard


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

Examples of national guard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Azov Regiment, which originated in 2014 as a far-right paramilitary force but has since become a unit of Ukraine’s national guard, has been a favorite target of Russian propaganda. Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 18 May 2022 As well as reach out to the national guard to help provide additional safety to our residents, small business owners and schools. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 Illia Samoilenko are members of the Azov Regiment, a nationalist group that is part of Ukraine’s national guard and has been defending the steel plant for weeks, mostly in its dark and dingy subterranean levels. Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 When Trump was president, López Obrador agreed to a series of measures that limited migration to the United States, from a program that forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico to a deployment of Mexico’s national guard to detain migrants. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2021 Western officials say Russia has massed close to 200,000 military and national guard troops in and around Ukraine in recent months, a figure that if confirmed would represent the region’s largest mobilization since World War II. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 Chief Nursing Officer Kim Monaco was responsible for orienting the national guard members to UH Parma. John Benson, cleveland, 5 Jan. 2022 Local officials said national guard members and emergency workers from across the state were pouring into Mayfield to help with the search and rescue operation following sever weather that his the region. CBS News, 11 Dec. 2021 Videos posted on social media showed an agent kicking one of the asylum seekers in the head, and national guard members beating a migrant accompanied by a child. Nick Miroff And Mary Beth Sheridan, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of national guard

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of national guard was in 1792

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26 May 2022

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“National guard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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: 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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