Definition of the National Guard noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    the National Guard

    BrE BrE//ðə ˌnæʃnəl ˈɡɑːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ðə ˌnæʃnəl ˈɡɑːrd//
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  1. 1a small army, often used to protect a political leader
  2. 2the army in each state of the US that can be used by the federal government if needed Culture National Guardsmen can be called to service by the nation or by a state, often after destruction caused by violent weather. They were used by the southern states to oppose the civil rights movement and by the US government to support it. The Ohio National Guard killed four Kent State University students during Vietnam War protests there in 1970. Some National Guard groups took part in the Gulf War (1990-1) and served in Iraq from 2003.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the National Guard