A guard (person protecting or watching over something)




  • To protect from danger; to secure against surprise, attack, or injury; to keep in safety; to defend.
  • To keep watch over, in order to prevent escape or restrain from acts of violence, or the like.
  • To watch by way of caution or defense; to be caution; to be in a state or position of defense or safety.
  • To protect the edge of, especially with an ornamental border; hence, to face or ornament with lists, laces, etc.
  • To fasten by binding; to gird.


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  • For verb: From early Middle French or late Old French (circa 14th cent) guarder, from Frankish *wardēn, from Proto-Germanic *wardāną. Cognate with Old English weardian (whence English to ward). Compare French garder. See also English regard.
  • For noun: From Middle English garde, from early Middle French or late Old French guarde (whence modern French garde), from the verb guarder. garda, which is from Irish.

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