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[toot-l-er-ee, tyoot-] /ˈtut lˌɛr i, ˈtyut-/
having the position of guardian or protector of a person, place, or thing:
tutelary saint.
of or relating to a guardian or guardianship.
noun, plural tutelaries.
a person who has tutelary powers, as a saint, deity, or guardian.
Also, tutelar
[toot-l-er, tyoot-] /ˈtut l ər, ˈtyut-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of tutelary
1605-15; < Latin tūtēlārius guardian; see tutelage, -ary
Related forms
supertutelary, adjective
untutelar, adjective
untutelary, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tutelary
Historical Examples
  • There is nothing that does not partake of that of which the missionary, or the tutelary, is the special.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • His master-piece was the picture of Ialysus, the tutelary hero of Rhodes, where he lived.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • Perhaps a tutelary genius, invisible to us, inhabits the house.

  • Piazzi called it Ceres, after the tutelary goddess of Sicily.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • The Dūma is not regarded only as an evil spirit, but also as a tutelary deity.

  • The tutelary of this fortress-church is the gentle patroness of music.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • He has since been worshipped as the tutelary god of the Chinese tea merchants.

    The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
  • He concluded that it was a planet, and named it Ceres , for the tutelary goddess of Sicily.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • From this time the shoemakers have chosen them for their tutelary saints.

    Folk-lore of Shakespeare Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
  • They were the tutelary deities of all public occasions in the town.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
British Dictionary definitions for tutelary


invested with the role of guardian or protector
of or relating to a guardian or guardianship
noun (pl) -laries, -lars
a tutelary person, deity, or saint
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tutelary

1610s, from Latin tutelarius "a guardian," from tutela "protection, watching" (see tutor (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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