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 protector (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 The Ramírez Navarro family couldn’t fail to pay homage to their beloved protector, especially in these most trying of times. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, "Another COVID-19 casualty: Mexico’s traditional celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe," 12 Dec. 2020 Saudis hunkering down Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has shown little willingness to build good ties with the Biden administration or with either party in Congress now that their protector is leaving office. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Saudi, Egyptian crackdowns signal collision with Biden agenda," 11 Dec. 2020 Matthew Stafford will have his blindside protector for today's game against the Indianapolis Colts, arguably the best defense the Detroit Lions will face this season. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions LT Taylor Decker active, Desmond Trufant out vs. Indianapolis Colts," 1 Nov. 2020 His chief protector, All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley, did not practice Wednesday because of a hip injury. Childs Walker,, "Ravens vs. Texans scouting report for Week 2: Who has the edge?," 17 Sep. 2020 Matt Citro purchased his AmazonBasics surge protector to protect his family from a fire. Blake Ellis And Melanie Hicken, CNN, "Dozens of Amazon's own products have been reported as dangerous -- melting, exploding or even bursting into flames. Many are still on the market," 10 Sep. 2020 When Jakob Poeltl fouled out with 2:56 to go, the Spurs lost their lone rim protector. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs beat Grizzlies, hold playoff destiny," 2 Aug. 2020 Be your own protector against Dementors with this adorable costume. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "27 Best Harry Potter Costume Ideas That Will Make You Want to Binge the Movies," 8 July 2020 So what’s the reason for his regression as a pass protector? Eric Branch,, "What’s been the matter with Mike McGlinchey? 49ers’ right tackle explains," 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of protector

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

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The first known use of protector was in the 14th century

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18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Protector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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