yeoman of the guard
Date: circa 1520 a member of a military corps attached to the British royal household that serves as ceremonial attendants of the sovereign and as warders of the Tower of London

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  • Yeoman of the guard — Yeoman Yeo man, n.; pl. {Yeomen}. [OE. yoman, [yogh]eman, [yogh]oman; of uncertain origin; perhaps the first, syllable is akin to OFries. g[=a] district, region, G. gau, OHG. gewi, gouwi, Goth. gawi. [root]100.] [1913 Webster] 1. A common man, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Yeoman of the Guard — ► NOUN ▪ a member of the British sovereign s bodyguard (now having only ceremonial duties) …   English terms dictionary

  • yeoman of the guard — a member of the bodyguard of the English sovereign, instituted in 1485, which now consists of 100 men, including officers, having purely ceremonial duties. Also called Yeoman of the Royal Guard. [1475 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • yeoman of the guard — yeo′man of the guard′ n. gov a member of the bodyguard of the English sovereign, instituted 1485: now having purely ceremonial duties …   From formal English to slang

  • yeoman of the guard — noun officer in the (ceremonial) bodyguard of the British monarch • Syn: ↑yeoman, ↑beefeater • Hypernyms: ↑bodyguard, ↑escort …   Useful english dictionary

  • Yeoman of the Guard — noun a member of the British sovereign s bodyguard (now having only ceremonial duties) …   English new terms dictionary

  • yeoman of the (royal) guard — or yeoman of the guard n. a member of a ceremonial guard for the British royal family, made up traditionally of 100 men * * * …   Universalium

  • yeoman of the (royal) guard — or yeoman of the guard n. a member of a ceremonial guard for the British royal family, made up traditionally of 100 men …   English World dictionary

  • yeoman of the (royal) guard — or yeoman of the guard n. a member of a ceremonial guard for the British royal family, made up traditionally of 100 men …   English World dictionary

  • The Yeomen of the Guard — The opera is set in the Tower of London, during the 16th century, and is the darkest, and perhaps most emotionally engaging, of the Savoy Operas, ending with a broken hearted main character and two very reluctant engagements, rather than the… …   Wikipedia

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