pro·​tec·​tress | \ prə-ˈtek-trəs How to pronounce protectress (audio) \

Definition of protectress

: a woman who is a protector

Examples of protectress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brizo is named for a minor Greek goddess who was a protectress of fishermen, and arriving guests are greeted by a colorful floor mural of the deity, fetchingly mermaid-like, brandishing a trident. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Brizo in Rocky Hill," 10 July 2019 The poet laureate of intoxicating romance looks up at the night sky and finds a protectress. Marc Hirsh,, "First dances for 21st-century couples," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of protectress

1570, in the meaning defined above

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“Protectress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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