- 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
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Examples from the Web for protectorship
Waller wrote a fine panegyric on Cromwell, when he assumed the Protectorship.Books and Authors
San Martin was now the hero of Chile, and was begged to accept the protectorship of the new Republic.South America
W. H. Koebel
His extreme republican views, however, led him into the bitterest antagonism when C. assumed the Protectorship.A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature
John W. Cousin
On their journey, the Roman envoys sent to assume the office of protectorship remonstrated with Philip.History of Rome from the Earliest times down to 476 AD
Robert F. Pennell
She was under his protectorship, otherwise he would not have alluded to the observance of class distinctions.The Amazing Marriage, 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
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Word Origin and History for protectorship
late 14c., from Old French protector (14c., Modern French protecteur) and directly from Late Latin protector, agent noun from protegere (see protection). Related: Protectoral.
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