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tutelary

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adjective tu·te·lary \ˈtü-tə-ˌler-ē, ˈtyü-\

Definition of tutelary

  1. 1 :  having the guardianship of a person or a thing a tutelary goddess

  2. 2 :  of or relating to a guardian

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Tutelary derives from the Latin noun tutelarius, meaning "guardian." "Tutelarius," in turn, was formed by combining the word tutela ("protection" or "guardian") and "-arius," a suffix that implies belonging and connection. A more familiar descendant of "tutela" in English might be "tutelage," which initially described an act or process of serving as a guardian or protector but has also come to refer to teaching or influence. If you suspect that "tutor" is also related, you are correct. "Tutelary" can also be a noun referring to a power (such as a deity) who acts as a guardian.

First Known Use of tutelary

1611

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tutelary

noun tu·te·lary

Definition of tutelary

plural

tutelaries

  1. :  a tutelary power (such as a deity)

First Known Use of tutelary

1652

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

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