protectorate

noun pro·tec·tor·ate \ prə-ˈtek-t(ə-)rət \
|Updated on: 19 Jul 2018

Definition of protectorate

1 a : 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
2 a : 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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First Known Use of protectorate

1662

in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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PROTECTORATE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of protectorate for English Language Learners

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



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