Definition of Home guard
1. Noun. A volunteer unit formed to defend the homeland while the regular army is fighting elsewhere.
Generic synonyms: Guard
Specialized synonyms: Yeomanry
Lexicographical Neighbors of Home Guard
Literary usage of Home guard
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Publications by Cambridge Historical Society (Mass.) (1907)
"The following paper was read by FRANKLIN PERRIN : A FEW FACTS CONCERNING THE WASHINGTON home guard OF CAMBRIDGE As is well known, the city of Cambridge was ..."
2. Southern History of the War: The First Year of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1863)
"General Buckner at Bowling Green.—Camp " Dick Robinson."—The " home guard."—The Occupation of Columbus by the Confederates explained.—Cumberland Gap. ..."
3. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1864)
"The home guard, however, had become discouraged and disheartened, and on the 21st, while Col. Mulligan was engaged in another part of the camp, ..."
4. The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Being the History of the by James Terry White (1895)
"He also refused to disband the home guard, or to withdraw the Federal troops, and asserted his determination to protect all Unionists to the extent of his ..."
5. The Pacific Ocean in History: Papers and Addresses Presented at the Panama by Henry Morse Stephens, Herbert Eugene Bolton, American Historical Association, Asiatic Institute (1917)
"... the records and muster rolls of the home guard of 1861. Seeing my name signed to one of the rolls, he brought it to me to find out what it was. ..."