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

Examples of old guard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Donald Trump reversed years of electoral history in South Texas that presidential election year, riding a wave of anger over a struggling economy and growing dissatisfaction among Hispanic voters with an old guard of Democratic leadership. Jazmine Ulloa, New York Times, 16 May 2024 Being joined by his two most recent Democratic predecessors is also a luxury that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump lacks, having alienated himself from the Republican Party's old guard. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024 After his government years, Mr. Ryzhkov faded into Russia’s leftist old guard, eventually leading a small Communist faction in Parliament called Power to the People. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2024 Leaning into divisions among Republicans, Buzbee portrayed the impeachment as a plot orchestrated by an old guard of GOP rivals. Paul J. Weber, Jim Vertuno and Jake Bleiberg The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 16 Sep. 2023 See all Example Sentences for old guard 

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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 15 Jun. 2024.

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