new guard


variants or less commonly New Guard
: the members of an organization (such as a political party) who are newer or younger and who often favor change
Justin Trudeau won the Liberal crown with a crushing victory that brings a new guard to the helm of the party …Daniel Leblanc
… announced four new executive hires, the beginning of the company's new guardAshley Stewart
: a group of persons who have recently gained prominence or power in a particular field
the new guard of the fashion industry

compare old guard

Examples of new guard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Looking beyond Haley, Ramaswami, the Georgia state Senate candidate, sees a new guard of South Asians in politics emerging. Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 6 Mar. 2024 All that head shaking about the turbulence during the transition between the old and new guards? Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2024 These include a $250 sign-on bonus for new guards and an additional $250 bonus for guards who stay on through the entire season. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 But a new guard of luxury stays and foodie boltholes is breathing new life into this once-unassuming ski station in the French Alps. Monica Mendal, Vogue, 5 Jan. 2024 The stars rubbed shoulders—quite literally, given space was at a premium under all those umbrellas—with a new guard of fashion upstarts, from supermodel progeny Lila Moss in Nensi Dojaka to Taylor Russell in custom Loewe. Liam Hess, Vogue, 5 Dec. 2023 The profession his family dominated for most of the 20th century had been overtaken by a new guard of contemporary-art dealers selling status baubles to Wall Street millionaires. Rachel Corbett, New York Times, 23 Aug. 2023 Travel to Guadalajara, home of vibrant food and design scenes propelled by an ambitious new guard putting modern spins on regional staples. Adam Erace, Travel + Leisure, 26 June 2023 Raghuram said that while new guards at railway crossings and new passenger cars have improved safety, the government could mitigate passenger injury by changing the interiors of the cars and focusing on getting large machinery to a crash site more quickly. Anant Gupta, Washington Post, 4 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of new guard was in 1948

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Cite this Entry

“New guard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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