Definition of new guard in US English:

new guard


  • 1Chiefly Military History. Used to denote any of various bodies of troops which have been, or were at one time, newly constituted.

  • 2Australian History. In form New Guard. A right-wing paramilitary organization active in New South Wales during the 1930s; a member of this organization.

  • 3The most recently enlisted members of an organization, especially those who are seen as representatives or advocates of change. Also: those who are at the forefront of a social or political movement.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Littell's Living Age. From new + guard.


new guard

/ˌnjuː ˈɡɑːd/