- a person or thing that protects; defender; guardian.
- English History.
- a person in charge of the kingdom during the sovereign's minority, incapacity, or absence.
- (initial capital letter)Also called Lord Protector.the title of the head of the government during the period of the Protectorate, held by Oliver Cromwell (1653–58) and by Richard Cromwell, his son (1658–59).
Origin of protector
Examples from the Web for protector
“I recognized Dave Schultz as my protector,”' du Pont said in the March interview.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
Carl Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson), Family Matters Cop, father, and protector of Steve Urkel.9 Great TV Dads From the ‘90s
June 15, 2014
As my mother, my protector, stayed with me for my ear operation when I was five, now I stay with Father.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father
June 14, 2014
We stand by our responsibilities as a protector of human rights.Let's Get Real: Washington Can't Walk Away From Cairo
Frank G. Wisner
May 26, 2014
The mother insisted that at her core Barnes was a protector.Chicago’s Gun-Toting Gang Girl: ‘Lil Snoop’
April 29, 2014
She clung to him so that he could not help feeling himself her protector.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Is such the faith that Cora Munro would exact from her protector?The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
So young, so courted, so tempted as she must be—and with such a protector!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Donald had from the start constituted himself her protector in a lordly way.The Hunted Outlaw
But come, you are doubtless not aware that I am the protector of Lourdes here at Rome.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- a person or thing that protects
- history a person who exercised royal authority during the minority, absence, or incapacity of the monarch
- short for Lord Protector, the title borne by Oliver Cromwell (1653–58) and by Richard Cromwell (1658–59) as heads of state during the period known as the Protectorate
Word Origin and History for protector
late 14c., from Old French protector (14c., Modern French protecteur) and directly from Late Latin protector, agent noun from protegere (see protection). Related: Protectoral.