Swiss Guard

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Swiss Guard

n.
A member of a corps of soldiers of Swiss birth employed at the Vatican as bodyguards to the pope.
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Swiss Guard

n
1. (Military) the bodyguard of the pope, recruited from Swiss nationals
2. (Military) a member of this bodyguard
3. (Historical Terms) one of a group of Swiss mercenaries who acted as bodyguards to the French kings: destroyed in the Revolution
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Swiss′ Guard′


n.
a member of a corps of Swiss bodyguards protecting the pope.
[1690–1700]
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