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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Old′ Guard′(n.)

  1. the imperial guard created in 1804 by Napoleon.

    Category: Western History

  2. (sometimes l.c.) the conservative members of a political party or other group.

    Category: Government

Origin of Old Guard:

trans. of F Vieille Garde

Old′ Guard′ism(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. old guard(noun)

    a faction that is unwilling to accept new ideas


  1. old guard(Noun)

    A conservative, reactionary faction that is unwilling to accept new ideas

  2. old guard(Noun)

    Collectively, the members of a team who have been a long time in a place.

  3. Origin: old + guard


  1. Old Guard

    The Old Guard, often called by their French nickname les Grognards, were the elite veteran elements of the Emperor Napoleon's Imperial Guard. As such it was the most prestigious formation in Napoleon's Grande Armée. The Old Guard was formed of veteran soldiers who had served Napoleon since his earliest campaigns. It is believed that Napoleon hand-selected members of his Old Guard based on physical traits, most notably above-average height. Their imposing stature was likely impressive to foes and allies alike. Serving in the army for several years as well as a citation for bravery were also taken into consideration when selecting troops into the Old Guard.


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