- the relation of a strong state toward a weaker state or territory that it protects and partly controls.
- a state or territory so protected.
- the office or position, or the term of office, of a protector.
- the government of a protector.
- (initial capital letter) English History. the period (1653–59) during which Oliver and Richard Cromwell held the title of Lord Protector, sometimes extended to include the period of the restoration of the Rump Parliament (1659–60).
Origin of protectorate
Examples from the Web for protectorate
They wanted independence or, barring that, an American-administered protectorate.America, Once Again Dazed and Confused in the Middle East
September 22, 2013
The British ruled it as a protectorate from 1868 until 1968 and dominated the security services for decades afterward.Bahrain Uprising: High Stakes for the U.S.
February 19, 2011
As an 11-year-old growing up in Somaliland, then a British protectorate, Edna Adan Ismail had a powerful dream.Somaliland's Healer of Women
March 13, 2010
I require the equality of salaries, the division of benefits, the glorification of the protectorate.L'Assommoir
The British protectorate is estimated to extend over 3,000 square miles.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Eleven Beys followed one another, up to the French “protectorate.”The Story of the Barbary Corsairs
It acquired an interest in Samoa and joined there in a protectorate.Problems of Expansion
The changes of the Protectorate were treated as null and void.History of the English People
John Richard Green
- a territory largely controlled by but not annexed to a stronger state
- the relation of a protecting state to its protected territory
- the office or period of office of a protector
Word Origin and History for protectorate
A relationship between a strong sovereign nation and a weak nation or area not recognized as a nation. Once the strong nation has established a protectorate over a weak nation, it can control the latter's affairs.