Definition of National Guard in English:

National Guard

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  • 1(In the US) the primary reserve military force partly maintained by the states but also available for federal use.
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    • The burden of employment has thus fallen more and more on the National Guard and Army Reserve military police.
    • To meet this requirement, it appears that it will be necessary to rely upon a return of some U.S. Marine Corps units and additional Army Reserve and National Guard forces.
    • It's also crucial to expose how the war has dangerously overextended the U.S. military, the National Guard and our military reserve units.
  • 1.1A member of the National Guard.
  • 2An armed force existing in France at various times between 1789 and 1871.
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    • He sided with the Revolution in 1791 by joining the Corsican National Guard, and then with France in 1792, when he returned as a captain in the regular army.
    • Their power brought the National Guard to Butte as an occupation force to squelch union activism in 1914.
    • Tocqueville made no mistake: for him, the fighting that ensued between the workers of Paris and the National Guard and regulars was ‘a class struggle, a sort of servile war’.
  • 2.1 historical A member of the French National Guard.
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    • They were put down with the help of French National Guards, and a number of the Pope's adherents were killed.
    • Here the National Guards from all over France converged, under the eye of their general and the king himself, to renew their oaths and celebrate a year of achievements.

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