old guard

old guard
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ohld gahrd]
    • /oʊld gɑrd/
    • /əʊld ɡɑːd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ohld gahrd]
    • /oʊld gɑrd/

Definitions of old guard words

  • noun old guard the imperial guard created in 1804 by Napoleon: it made the last French charge at Waterloo. 1
  • noun old guard (in the U.S.) the conservative element of any political party, especially the Republican Party. 1
  • noun old guard (usually lowercase) the influential, established, more conservative members of any body, group, movement, etc.: the old guard of New York society. 1
  • singular noun old guard If you refer to a group of people as the old guard, you mean that they have worked in a particular organization for a very long time and are unwilling to accept new ideas or practices. 0
  • noun old guard a group that works for a long-established or old-fashioned cause or principle 0
  • noun old guard the conservative element in a political party or other group 0

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old guard popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 36% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 61% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for old guard

noun old guard

  • bitterender — a person who persists until the bitter end without compromising or yielding; diehard.
  • classicist — A classicist is someone who studies the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, especially their languages, literature, and philosophy.
  • conventionalist — conforming or adhering to accepted standards, as of conduct or taste: conventional behavior.
  • conserver — One who conserves.
  • establishment — The action of establishing something or being established.

adj old guard

  • conservative — A Conservative politician or voter is a member of or votes for the Conservative Party in Britain.
  • die hard — If you say that habits or attitudes die hard, you mean that they take a very long time to disappear or change, so that it may not be possible to get rid of them completely.
  • in a rut — stuck in routine

adjective old guard

  • fogyish — Characteristic of a fogy.

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