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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In the great tangle of family connections brought so vibrantly to life in this tale, the brothers indeed tend to be their sisters’ protectors, cheerleaders for their ambitions. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘My Brilliant Friend’ Review: Mindful Storytelling," 15 Nov. 2018 Jets: Quenton Nelson, OG Notre Dame Having filled their massive hole at quarterback by throwing an endless supply of money at Cousins, the Jets look to protect their new asset by drafting the class' best pass protector. Steven Ruiz, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft: Broncos trade up for QB," 6 Mar. 2018 Ronan’s parents have been more to her than just protectors, however. Jamie Hawkesworth, Vogue, "Saoirse Ronan on Growing Up on Camera, the Changing Politics of Ireland, and Becoming a Queen," 11 July 2018 Ayton needs to improve defensively but has all the tools to be a quality rim protector given time. azcentral, "NBA mock draft: Projecting all four Phoenix Suns NBA draft picks in 2018," 12 June 2018 Brown, who is coming off shoulder surgery, is a strong pass protector the Patriots wanted in front of Tom Brady. Josh Dubow, Houston Chronicle, "Source: 49ers trade tackle Trent Brown to Patriots for pick," 27 Apr. 2018 Strange then becomes the protector of the Time Stone. Troy L. Smith,, "'Avengers: Infinity War' - 10 Marvel movie moments that got us here," 26 Apr. 2018 Yankeetown residents see natural resources such as the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve as natural protectors against sea-level rise and climate change. Amy Green, miamiherald, "With Gov. Scott and legislature in denial, tiny town adapts on its own to climate change," 11 July 2018 In essence, the song is the culmination of these experiences, searching for validation and connection while exploring my sexuality without role models or protectors. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "Clint Michigan Releases Animated Video For Reflective Track 'Centuries': Watch," 9 July 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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