Guardsman is a rank used instead of Private in some military units that serve as the official bodyguard of a sovereign or head of state. It is also used as a generic term for any member of a Guards unit of any rank.

The British Army Foot Guards Regiments have used the rank since 1920, when it was adopted instead of Private.

In the Canadian Forces, the rank is used by Privates in the Governor General's Foot Guards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards. The rank is considered non-gender specific and therefore applies equally to female soldiers. The rank badge is identical to that of Private, a single chevron.

The Danish Army "Gardehusarregimentet" (Guard Hussar Regiment), the Norwegian Army "Hans Majestet Kongens Garde" (His Majesty's Royal Guard), the Singapore Armed Forces, and the Swedish Army "Livgardet" (Life Guards) all use the rank.

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  • Guardsman — Guards man, n.; pl. {Guardsmen}. 1. One who guards; a guard. [1913 Webster] 2. A member, either officer or private, of any military body called Guards. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • guardsman — ► NOUN 1) (in the UK) a soldier of a regiment of Guards. 2) (in the US) a member of the National Guard …   English terms dictionary

  • guardsman — [gärdz′mən] n. pl. guardsmen [gärdz′mən] 1. a member of any military body called a “guard” ☆ 2. any member of a National Guard …   English World dictionary

  • guardsman — [[t]gɑ͟ː(r)dzmən[/t]] guardsmen also Guardsman 1) N COUNT In Britain, a guardsman is a soldier who is a member of one of the regiments of Guards. 2) N COUNT In the United States, a guardsman is a soldier who is a member of the National Guard …   English dictionary

  • guardsman — UK [ˈɡɑː(r)dzmən] / US [ˈɡɑrdzmən] noun [countable] Word forms guardsman : singular guardsman plural guardsmen 1) a soldier in a Guards regiment of the British army 2) a member of the US National Guard …   English dictionary

  • Guardsman — see guardsman …   English dictionary

  • guardsman — noun Date: 1648 a member of a military body called guard or guards …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • guardsman — /gahrdz meuhn/, n., pl. guardsmen. 1. a person who acts as a guard. 2. a member of the U.S. National Guard. 3. Brit. a member of any select body of troops traditionally organized to protect the person of the sovereign. [1810 20; GUARD + S3 or S1… …   Universalium

  • guardsman — noun a) A person, especially a soldier, who is on guard b) A member of the National Guard …   Wiktionary

  • guardsman — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. guard, sentry, patrol; see guard …   English dictionary for students

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