- 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: transl. of French Vieille Garde: so named inch(es) contrast to the Young Guard, formed (1810)
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also Old Guardnoun
Origin: Translation of French Vieille Garde, the imperial guard of Napoleon I.