Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GUARDS

There were attendants, running Turks, and guards before to clear the way.

Two guards, armed to the teeth, would be in it, and the door was closed.

Why not have detectives as guards—as if I wore a fortune in diamonds?

What had become of the jailer and the guards, Theseus never knew.

We now marched through a settled country, with some militia for our guards.

But the guards caught him and forced him back upon the seats.

This is the most important to begin with, because it guards him from the moment he is born.

The Dominican uttered a loud cry; the guards started back in awe.

As for the inquisitive folk on the pavement they only saw the backs of the guards.

There'll be a dozen guards dropping down on us in the next five minutes.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "one who keeps watch," from Middle French garde "guardian, warden, keeper; watching, keeping, custody," from Old French garder "to keep, maintain, preserve, protect" (corresponding to Old North French warder, see gu-), from Frankish *wardon, from Proto-Germanic *wardo- "to guard" (see ward (v.)). Abstract or collective sense of "a keeping, a custody" (as in bodyguard) also is from early 15c. Sword-play and fisticuffs sense is from 1590s. Guard-rail attested from 1860.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.