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 López Obrador has built his national security program around the armed forces and Mexico's new national guard. Washington Post, "As Mexico’s security deteriorates, the power of the military grows," 17 Dec. 2020 Morgue overflow in El Paso, Texas, required the state's national guard to be called in to help. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Azar says vaccine distribution could begin within weeks, pending FDA approval," 25 Nov. 2020 Many believe pressure from Trump led Lopez Obrador to deploy the Mexican national guard in a crackdown on Central American migrants. Dallas News, "Mexico’s president is off to a rocky start with Biden," 10 Nov. 2020 President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has created a 100,000-member national guard to reclaim areas with little state presence. Washington Post, "Violent criminal groups are eroding Mexico’s authority and claiming more territory," 29 Oct. 2020 His father’s father served in the Maryland national guard, his great uncle served in World War II and his great-grandfather served in World War I as a marine. Kyle J. Andrews,, "An ‘intense individual,’ Mount St. Jospeh grad Alexander Boettinger fulfilling a lifelong dream to become a naval officer," 16 Oct. 2020 As a candidate, Mr. López Obrador had vowed that the army would pull back on the war against drugs and the national guard would be civilian-run. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Mexico Ex-Defense Minister Faces Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering Charges," 16 Oct. 2020 Farmers in Boquilla, a small town about 350 miles south of the border, have taken to the streets, clashing with Mexico’s national guard. Dallas News, "Mexico’s president says he has to pay a water owed to the U.S. or Trump might retaliate," 2 Oct. 2020 Sheikh Nawaf has also served as deputy chief of the national guard. Fiona Macdonald,, "New Kuwait Emir Takes Over Economy Constrained by Politics," 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of national guard

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“National guard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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