old guard

noun, often capitalized O&G

Definition of 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

Examples of old guard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both edges to his game are sources of pride for the 23-year-old guard who has elevated to new levels in this series — on account of his own progress and of the Nuggets’ largesse via lax resistance. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: If it’s desperation the Jazz needed, they’ve got it now," 31 Aug. 2020 When the Bucks filed out of their locker room on Wednesday night, two players stepped forward to speak: veteran guard George Hill and 25-year-old guard Sterling Brown, a former SMU star from 2013 to 2017. Dallas News, "As NBA players stand in solidarity for social change, racial justice, their postseason suddenly hangs in the balance," 27 Aug. 2020 The 21-year-old guard became the youngest player in league history to score over 30 points in a game according to the team. Doug Feinberg, Star Tribune, "WNBA has reported no positive COVID tests; Lynx fourth in power poll," 11 Aug. 2020 If the old guard is banished, then their lucrative billets can be snapped up by a new woke generation. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "What Is the Violence in American Cities All About?," 27 Aug. 2020 If the old guard is banished, then their lucrative billets can be snapped up by a new woke generation. Victor Davis Hanson Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "What is the violence in American cities all about?," 27 Aug. 2020 The new generation of 4wd pickups has proved itself as able as the old guard in most respects. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1979 Chevrolet LUV vs. 1979 Toyota 4wd," 26 Aug. 2020 Television cameras later caught the 26-year-old guard leaving the arena with Spurs medical personnel, an ice pack wrapped around his sore knee but otherwise under his own power. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs beat Pelicans, block Zion from the playoffs," 9 Aug. 2020 Joe Biden's presidential nominating convention will highlight the U.S. political spectrum from the left flank of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the Republican old guard of former Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Bill Barrow, Star Tribune, "Democrats, Biden still juggling virtual convention details," 10 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'old guard.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of old guard

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about old guard

Time Traveler for old guard

Time Traveler

The first known use of old guard was in 1841

See more words from the same year

Statistics for old guard

Last Updated

11 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Old guard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20guard. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on old guard

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for old guard

Comments on old guard

What made you want to look up old guard? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!