• Lifeguard

    Alternative forms


    From life + guard. Compare German Leibgarde ("bodyguard"), Danish livgarde ("bodyguard"), Swedish livgarde ("bodyguard"). Compare also Old English līfweard ("guardian of life").

    Full definition of lifeguard



    (plural lifeguards)
    1. A guard of the life or person; a guard that attends a prince or other person; a bodyguard.
    2. (chiefly US) An attendant, usually an expert swimmer, employed to save swimmers in trouble or near drowning at a body of water.
    3. A lifesaver.
    4. (rail transport) A sturdy metal bracket fixed in front of each of the leading wheels of a train to deflect small objects away from the wheels to prevent derailment.
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