rear guard

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noun \-ˈgärd, -ˌgärd\

Definition of rear guard

  1. :  a military detachment detailed to bring up and protect the rear of a main body or force

Origin and Etymology of rear guard

Middle French reregarde, from Old French, from rere + garde guard


First Known Use: 1659


REAR GUARD Defined for English Language Learners

rear guard

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noun \-ˈgärd, -ˌgärd\

Definition of rear guard for English Language Learners

  • : a group of soldiers who are placed at the back of an army and who protect the army from being attacked from behind


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