- 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 of Old Guardtranslated, translation of French Vieille Garde: so named in contrast to the Young Guard, formed (1810)
also Old Guard
A conservative, often reactionary element of a class, society, or political group.
Origin of old guardTranslation of French Vieille Garde, the imperial guard of Napoleon I.
(plural old guards)