Old-guard meaning

A conservative, often reactionary element of a class, society, or political group.
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The imperial guard, organized by Napoleon I in 1804
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Any group that has long defended a cause.
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The most conservative element of a group, party, etc.
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A conservative, reactionary faction that is unwilling to accept new ideas.
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Collectively, the members of a team who have been a long time in a place.
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Origin of old-guard

  • Translation of French Vieille Garde the imperial guard of Napoleon I

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary