pro·tec·tor | \prə-ˈtek-tər \

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 \ noun

Examples of protector in a Sentence

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

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The Cavs really don't have a rim protector, but James' playoff blocks increase to over one per game and his steals to incrementally closer to two per game. Bill Livingston,, "Cleveland Cavaliers 2018: Playoff LeBron must shore up the leaky defense -- Bill Livingston (photos)," 15 Apr. 2018 Or on Maeve’s decision to ditch her protectors and approach her old house alone, which causes a long series of problems. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Question Club: What do we want from Westworld season 3?," 2 July 2018 The Prophet Muhammad was surrounded by women who exemplified this equality: Khadijah, his financier; Nusayba, his protector; Aisha, who preserved his sayings; and Amrah, who overrode legal opinions of male scholars. Daisy Khan, WSJ, "The #MosqueMeToo Movement," 28 June 2018 Yet somehow, the USOC became a victimizer of athletes instead of their protector. Sally Jenkins,, "USOC can't just look ahead to better sex abuse prevention. It must face its failures.," 11 May 2018 That’s why… Happy Fathers Day to our man, our protector, our heart. Dave Quinn,, "Dwayne Johnson Details His 2-Month-Old Daughter Tiana's Birth: 'I Was Holding Legs, Everything'," 11 July 2018 Using the screen protectors as a base, the user made speculative renders of what the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL might look like. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Pixel 3 will reportedly be built by Foxconn, have a massive notch," 31 May 2018 In China’s opaque circle of influences, even private companies have their political protectors., "China Quietly Rolled Out a Very Big Bang," 19 Apr. 2018 Thanks to his Iranian and Russian protectors, nothing now can realistically prevent Mr Assad from, in some sense, winning. The Economist, "Donald Trump and his advisers cannot agree on a Syria policy," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of protector

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

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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 \

Kids Definition of protector

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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