Definition of praetorian guard in US English:

praetorian guard


Roman History
  • The bodyguard of the Roman emperor.

    • ‘Before his return Mucianus had reduced the praetorian guard, enlarged by Vitellius, to approximately its old size, and they were entrusted to Titus on his return.’
    • ‘It's far worse than anything that occurred in the Roman empire, until the praetorian guard started to sell the principate.’
    • ‘Power is held by a strongman, surrounded by a praetorian guard.…’
    • ‘He surrounded himself with a praetorian guard, chosen more for its loyalty and orthodoxy than visionary intelligence.’
    • ‘Around Blair, he has his own version of the no turning back group that formed a praetorian guard around Thatcher in the 1980s.’


praetorian guard

/prəˈtôrēən ɡärd/