old guard

noun

variants or less commonly Old Guard
1
: the conservative and especially older members of an organization (such as a political party)
2
: a group of established prestige and influence

compare new guard

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Both Latin music’s old guard and its burgeoning vanguard will be honored; first-time nominees range in age from 15 (regional Mexican artist Yahritza Martinez) to 94 (Cuban singer Angela Álvarez). Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 In private practice, former New Dealers had dislodged the profession’s patrician old guard. Ian Macdougall, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Sep. 2022 The former president has rallied behind fewer far-right candidates than initially feared by the party’s old guard. New York Times, 13 Feb. 2022 On the new season of The Righteous Gemstones, which premiered Sunday, André plays Lyle Lissons, a celebrity preacher who represents the new generation of megachurch worship in contrast to Eli Gemstone’s (John Goodman) old guard. Vulture, 11 Jan. 2022 His replacement with Gerasimov was met with derision from some nationalist Russian military bloggers, who have compared the reshuffle to a game of musical chairs among Moscow's ineffectual military old guard. Arkansas Online, 12 Jan. 2023 Milwaukee continues to attrit and now seems stuck between an old guard that perennially contended and an incoming wave of prospects; its big add so far is Contreras’ younger brother, William, an All-Star catcher/DH last season. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 20 Dec. 2022 Like Jeffries, many in the party see Clyburn as a bridge between the old guard and the new one. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Dec. 2022 The conflict between the old guard and the avant-garde is heightened in the play after Yam explains the reason for his visit. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of old guard was in 1841

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“Old guard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20guard. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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