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[lahyf-gahrd] /ˈlaɪfˌgɑrd/

an expert swimmer employed, as at a beach or pool, to protect bathers from drowning or other accidents and dangers.
verb (used without object)
to work as a lifeguard.
(in Britain) a cavalry regiment forming part of the ceremonial guard of the monarch.
a person present at a beach or pool to guard people against the risk of drowning Also called life-saver
plural noun
(in Britain) a cavalry regiment forming part of the Household Brigade, who wear scarlet jackets and white plumes in their helmets

also life-guard, 1640s, “bodyguard of soldiers,” from life (n.) + guard (n.), translating German leibgarde. Sense of “person paid to watch over bathers” is by 1896.


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