Definition of afterguard in English:

afterguard

noun

Nautical
  • 1The sailors stationed on the quarterdeck and poop of a sailing ship, charged with operating the sails and other equipment aft of the mainmast. Now chiefly historical.

  • 2The officers on a ship. Now chiefly historical.

  • 3Originally US. On a large racing yacht: the crew members responsible for tactics and strategy, usually positioned towards the rear of the boat.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Female Soldier. From after- + guard.

Pronunciation

afterguard

/ˈaftəɡɑːd//ˈɑːftəɡɑːd/