Old Guard definition by Webster's New World
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- the imperial guard, organized by Napoleon I in 1804
- any group that has long defended a cause
- the most conservative element of a group, party, etc.
Origin: translated, translation of French Vieille Garde: so named in contrast to the Young Guard, formed (1810)
Old Guard definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also Old Guardnoun
A conservative, often reactionary element of a class, society, or political group.
Origin: Translation of French Vieille Garde, the imperial guard of Napoleon I.