protector

noun
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 protectorship (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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The amendments also give the military the role of guardian and protector of the state, democracy and the constitution. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Egypt accelerates efforts to extend el-Sissi’s rule," 11 Feb. 2019 Over time, a lot of the insider must-haves in case of an emergency—like the fashion tape and sweat protectors that stylists carry in their kits—have become available to the public, thanks to brands like Hollywood Fashion Secrets. Ana Colón, Glamour, "8 Red Carpet Fashion Hacks Celebrity Stylists Swear By," 18 Jan. 2019 For the very rich who don’t have high-placed friends in the media, like the president’s protector at AMI, David Pecker, there is yet another tactic. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019 Try Mad Hippie's Facial SPF 30 ($24.99 at madhippie.com) which contains the powerful sun protector zinc oxide – but magically goes on clear. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "5 SPF trends your face needs this summer," 29 June 2018 Mattis, meanwhile, believes in America’s role as the protector of global order and in maintaining strong economic and military relations with traditional US allies. Alex Ward, Vox, "From “Mad Dog” to “Democrat”: How Defense Secretary Mattis lost Trump," 15 Oct. 2018 Without a regular rim-protector in the pivot, others will surely pound it down low and slow the pace down when and if the Warriors advance. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors win, but still missing Curry and consistency," 16 Apr. 2018 But Gaskill was immediately embraced as a hero by many who have called for more armed protectors in schools. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "School resource officer helped stop gunman at Maryland high school," 20 Mar. 2018 For too long the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias. Fox News, "Haley on the New York Times, Kavanaugh and US foreign policy," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of protector

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

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protector

noun

English Language Learners Definition of protector

: a person or thing that protects someone or something

protector

noun
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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