pro·​tec·​tor·​ate | \ prə-ˈtek-t(ə-)rət How to pronounce protectorate (audio) \

Definition of protectorate

1a : government by a protector
b capitalized : the government of England (1653–59) under the Cromwells
c : the rank, office, or period of rule of a protector
2a : the relationship of superior authority assumed by one power or state over a dependent one
b : the dependent political unit or territory in such a relationship

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The American tax payer, the American deplorables have been expected now for decades to act as a protector for these protectorates in Europe. Fox News, "Meadows, Dershowitz react after Lisa Page defies subpoena," 12 July 2018 Without the struggle most of the money goes away and the Palestinians, whether as a state or a protectorate, are left being an impoverished, raucous backwater with little future. WSJ, "Try Something New After 70 Years of Failure," 6 Nov. 2018 Once the center of a vast ancient empire — remnants of which survive at the famous Angkor Wat temple complex — the country became a French protectorate in the 19th century, and gained its independence from France in 1953. Fox News, "Cambodian election glance: who's running and what's at stake," 27 July 2018 There were the vendors with their pyramids of baguettes (like coffee, residue from the country’s years as a French protectorate). Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 Beyond the postcard image the Maldives has of luxury resorts and white sand beaches, the 400,000 citizens of the former British protectorate have struggled to maintain the democratic system established in 2008. Bharatha Mallawarachi, Fox News, "Maldivian authorities assure free vote amid fears of rigging," 22 Sep. 2018 France has deep ties to Lebanon, a former protectorate. Washington Post, "Paris conference raises over $11 billion to help Lebanon," 6 Apr. 2018 The problem is, is what NATO has turned into is a protectorate. Fox News, "Steve Bannon on NATO: Trump is saying 'no more games'," 12 July 2018 Sarra Hannachi plays a young woman who escapes political unrest in the former French protectorate of Tunisia, hoping to make a better, safer life overseas. Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, "History repeats itself over and over again at the African Diaspora Film Festival," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of protectorate

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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English Language Learners Definition of protectorate

: a small country that is controlled and protected by a larger one

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