Meaning of Schutzstaffel*

Schutz•staf•fel

Pronunciation: (shoots'shtä"ful), [key]
— n. German.
  1. an elite military unit of the Nazi party that served as Hitler's bodyguard and as a special police force. Abbr.: SS
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