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

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López Obrador wants to create a national guard, which would give marines and soldiers a permanent role in policing Mexico’s streets, ten years after they were called in to help in the former government’s crackdown on gangs. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Your Complete Guide to Mexico's 2018 Elections," 29 June 2018 Estonia also launched an e-residency program for foreign businesses and individuals, and established a volunteer body akin to a national guard that’s responsible for defending banks and election systems in the event of a cyberattack. Adam Janofsky, WSJ, "Estonian President, Eyeing Bigger U.N. Role, Urges Government Action on Cybersecurity," 5 Apr. 2018 Three exits down the highway, the national guard is pulling people out of their houses. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "A Texas Holiday Inn Turned Away This Family's Dogs During Hurricane Harvey," 30 Aug. 2017 Separately, King Salman replaced the minister of the Saudi national guard who controlled the branches of the military that weren’t yet under the crown prince’s control. Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic, "Saudi Arabia's Very Public, Very Risky Palace Intrigue," 5 Nov. 2017 And since 1963 the national guard was the preserve of Prince (later King) Abdullah and his clan. The Economist, "Saudi Arabia’s unprecedented shake-up," 5 Nov. 2017 The arrests came a few hours after the king replaced the minister in charge of the Saudi national guard, Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, who controlled the last of the three Saudi armed forces not yet considered to be under control of the crown prince. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes, Including Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal," 4 Nov. 2017 Last month, President Trump became the third president to renew the post-9/11 state of national emergency, which allows the president to call up the national guard, hire and fire officers and delay retirements. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Air Force will recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address serious shortage," 20 Oct. 2017 Noguera, the former head of Venezuela’s national guard, was slapped with sanctions by the U.S. in 2015 for human rights violations committed by security forces during a crackdown on protesters in 2014. Washington Post, "Venezuela opposition claims evidence of tampered vote count," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of national guard

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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