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

Other Words from protector

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

Examples of protector in a Sentence

She sees her older brother as her protector. a protector of free speech
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First Known Use of protector

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

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18 May 2022

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“Protector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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