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

Examples of protectorate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Somaliland being in the British Somaliland protectorate. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, 16 Feb. 2022 For decades, Somaliland, a former British protectorate in northwest Somalia, has been conducting a fruitless campaign for international recognition as an independent state. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 In the Lagos of 1918, what is now modern-day Nigeria, but was the Lagos protectorate at the time, over 500,000 people died while the rest of the world was celebrating the end of the pandemic. Madhukar Pai, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Protests have erupted in parts of Guadeloupe, a French protectorate, over covid restrictions and compulsory vaccinations, amid a general strike on the Caribbean island. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 Moving to Nyasaland was not a deliberate choice, just the dumb luck of my entering the Peace Corps lottery and then receiving a letter saying I had been selected to teach in this British protectorate. Paul Theroux, Travel + Leisure, 22 Nov. 2021 Macron backs Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government and had taken the lead among the international community in helping the small Mideast country, a former French protectorate. Time, 3 Dec. 2021 In the 19th century, a place as desperate as Haiti might have become a U.S. protectorate to restore order and some rule of law. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 Macron, who went to Beirut twice since the explosion at the port, has led international efforts to try to help the former French protectorate by providing emergency aid., 4 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of protectorate

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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“Protectorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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