defender

[ dih-fen-der ]
/ dɪˈfɛn dər /

noun

a person who defends someone or something from attack, assault, or injury: We commemorate the brave defenders of this fort.
Law. an attorney for a defendant, especially a public defender: the systemwide benefits of effective defenders.
a person who supports an argument, theory, thesis, etc., in the face of criticism or challenging questions: defenders of gay rights.
Sports.
  1. a team player whose assigned role is to prevent the other team from scoring: On the court, he’s an exceptional defender and a natural leader.
  2. a contestant or team that attempts to retain a championship title, rank, etc., in a competition against a challenger: Her main rival is the young title defender from Italy.

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Origin of defender

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English; defend + -er2
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