1. a person or group of persons employed to guard an individual, as a high official, from bodily harm.
  2. a retinue; escort.

verb (used with or without object)

  1. to provide with or act as a bodyguard.


  1. a person or group of people who escort and protect someone, esp a political figure

1735, “retinue, escort,” collective singular, from body + guard (n.). Attested 1861 as “a soldier of the bodyguard.”

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