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old guardalso Old Guard
A conservative, often reactionary element of a class, society, or political group.
[Translation of French Vieille Garde, the imperial guard of Napoleon I.]
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1. a group that works for a long-established or old-fashioned cause or principle
2. the conservative element in a political party or other group
[C19: from Old Guard]
(Historical Terms) the French imperial guard created by Napoleon in 1804
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1. the imperial guard created in 1804 by Napoleon.
2. (sometimes l.c.) the conservative members of a political party or other group.
[translation of French Vieille Garde]
Old′ Guard′ism, n.
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