SA'FEGU'ARD, n. [safe and guard.]

1. He or that which defends or protects; defense; protection.

The sword, the safeguard of thy brother's throne.

2. A convoy or guard to protect a traveler.

3. A passport; a warrant of security given by a sovereign to protect a stranger within his territories; formerly, a protection granted to a stranger in prosecuting his rights in due course of law.

4. An outer petticoat to save women's clothes on horseback.

SA'FEGU'ARD, v.t. To guard; to protect. [Little used.]