Red Guard definition by Webster's New World
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a member of the militant activist groups in China in the late 1960s
Red Guard definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A member of an activist youth movement in China, prominent during the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s, that espoused Maoist principles.
- A member of a radical political group with Maoist leanings.
Origin: Translation of Chinese (Mandarin) hóng wèibīng : hóng, red + wèibīng, guard (wèi, to defend + bīng, weapons, troops).