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 Plough described his system as being pro-style, which requires a running back who can excel as a pass protector and receiver. oregonlive, "Cyrus Habibi-Likio’s conundrum: Former Oregon Ducks running back’s decision to transfer was ‘super tough’," 27 Feb. 2021 Ironically, many pieces about Rudin portray him not merely as a producer, but as a protector. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "When Good Art Is a Justification for Cruelty," 9 Apr. 2021 Our recommendation is to use a waterproof mattress protector over the top of your mattress and mattress topper. Lauren Corona,, "Can you wash a mattress topper?," 4 Apr. 2021 This comes with bonus items like a leather case, universal chargers, a drawing glove, and a screen protector. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Tablet for Drawing," 1 Apr. 2021 New offensive line coach Clay McGuire has no shortage of options vying for time as the Trojans’ blindside protector, but none have much experience in that spot. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Five questions USC football faces as it begins spring practice," 29 Mar. 2021 Lepow also provides a screen protector for when the screen is being used in an area where there may be greasy or dirty fingers pointing at the screen. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Increase Your Screen Real Estate With This Portable HD Monitor," 12 Mar. 2021 This screen protector not only provides a buffer between your screen and scratches but also provides protection against germs and bacteria with an antimicrobial coating. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "The best iPhone accessories to give this holiday," 15 Dec. 2020 But that teenager grew to become a keeper of her tribe’s heritage, a protector of its traditions, and now as a driving force for a new home dedicated to the preservation of a storied history., "‘There is no US history without indigenous people’s history’: An old tribe finds a new home at URI," 26 Mar. 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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12 Apr 2021

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“Protector.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 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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