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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Mainstream politicians can no longer credibly cast themselves in the role of the protectors of identity or seekers of constitutional concessions to resolve the Kashmir issue within the framework of India’s constitution. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "With Kashmir’s autonomy gone, its pro-India political parties have lost all credibility," 27 Aug. 2019 The stories were followed by a short ritual and tying of talisman bracelets on the wrists of community protectors. Annie Gentile,, "Hindu Festival Honors First Responders," 26 Aug. 2019 At 18 Lana took a different tack, becoming one of Judy Garland’s protectors while the star was on tour in Australia. New York Times, "Lana Wood, Natalie’s Little Sister, Has Plenty to Say," 3 Aug. 2019 Now Kumire, 33, and her all-female wildlife ranger team, the Akashinga, are among the animals’ fiercest protectors. National Geographic, "Why Zimbabwe’s female rangers are better at stopping poaching," 12 June 2019 Attorney General William Barr, who has shown himself to be exactly the kind of presidential protector Trump wanted Jeff Sessions to be, did his best to whitewash the report. David Cole, The New York Review of Books, "David Cole," 23 May 2019 As a result, endemic malaria has often acted not only as a local curse but also as a strange sort of protector. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "How Mosquitoes Changed Everything," 5 Aug. 2018 Bryce promises not to call the cops on Tyler since outing him would also ruin his protector Justin’s life. Ariana Romero,, "The Timeline You Need To Understand 13 Reasons Why Season 3," 24 Aug. 2019 Shortly before Formosus was appointed, Guy III of Spoleto—his former protector—had been crowned King of Italy in Pavia. National Geographic, "In 897, the corpse of a pope was exhumed—to be put on trial.," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of protector

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

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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