pro·​tec·​tor | \ prə-ˈtek-tər How to pronounce protector (audio) \

Definition of protector

1a : one that protects : guardian
b : a device used to prevent injury : guard
2a : one having the care of a kingdom during the king's minority : regent
b : the executive head of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1653 to 1659

called also Lord Protector of the Commonwealth

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Other Words from protector

protectorship \ prə-​ˈtek-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce protectorship (audio) \ noun

Examples of protector in a Sentence

She sees her older brother as her protector. a protector of free speech
Recent Examples on the Web Iceland was the world’s best protector of internet freedom, Freedom House said, citing the lack of court cases cracking down on expression and strong protections for users’ rights. David Ingram, NBC News, "More governments than ever are using social media to push propaganda, report says," 5 Nov. 2019 Robinson, a former second-round pick, is a classic rim protector., "Teams are listed in predicted order of finish.," 23 Oct. 2019 Uncharacteristic because the party also presents itself as the protector of the traditional Polish family. The Economist, "In Poland, big handouts and gay-bashing win votes," 10 Oct. 2019 The stingy Iowa defense, featuring LB Christian Welch and S Jack Koerner, doesn’t allow much on the ground, but Gophers RB Rodney Smith will be just as vital as a protector for Morgan. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Five games in Week 12 that will impact the College Football Playoff race," 9 Nov. 2019 The image of Trump as protector was shaken early in his presidency. Liz Goodwin,, "They helped Trump win Michigan, then his immigration crackdown split their community," 13 Oct. 2019 Legislators who must run for reelection in competitive districts fear danger in venturing near it, except to serve as protectors. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: Proposition 13 is a political third rail in California," 27 Aug. 2019 Attorneys hired by the school might also cast doubt on Lynch’s favorable self-depiction as a protector of football players’ health. Michael Mccann,, "How James Franklin, Penn State Could Be Impacted by Ex-Team Physician's Lawsuit," 26 Aug. 2019 Acting as a protector, Anaiah pushed her sister Camry to safety and lost her leg in the process. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Georgia Teen Who Saved Sister Starts College On Full Scholarship," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of protector

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Protector.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of protector

: a person or thing that protects someone or something


pro·​tec·​tor | \ prə-ˈtek-tər How to pronounce protector (audio) \

Kids Definition of protector

: a person or thing that shields from harm or is intended to shield from harm

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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