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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But lately the pinstriped protectors of global capitalism are sounding almost like environmental activists. Jeffrey Ball, Fortune, "From Fringe to Core: The ‘Green’ Economy Grows Up," 19 Aug. 2019 To be determined is the status of Rivers’ backside protector, left tackle Russell Okung, sidelined by a heart condition; and lead running back Melvin Gordon, who’s holding out for a new contract. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Minus Gordon and Okung, Rivers still formidable as Chargers camp opens," 25 July 2019 The mothers found in McClellan-Wiese an ally, a protector, someone to lean on who knew deep down their loss and shared their unrequited desire to see Jones convicted and imprisoned for life. Elizabeth Zavala,, "Moms keep up fight despite loss of ally," 9 Sep. 2019 Same goes for the pillow protectors, which are also fully-enclosed! The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Protect-A-Bed Bed Bug Protection Kit," 1 Aug. 2019 Though raw, having just turned 19 last month, scouts say the 6-11 big man runs the floor well and projects to be a potentially elite rim protector. K.c. Johnson,, "Big man? Point guard? Trade? The Bulls get ready to feel the draft," 17 June 2019 Mycah was later killed by The Hound, Joffrey's protector, for fighting the young prince. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "All the Game of Thrones Deaths We've Somehow Made It Through," 19 May 2019 Without the direct involvement of local communities acting as wildlife protectors, poaching, particularly of tigers and leopards, is rife. National Geographic, "This Indian community welcomes leopards," 22 Mar. 2019 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

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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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involving a confidence or trust

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