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protector

[pruh-tek-ter]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that protects; defender; guardian.
  2. English History.
    1. a person in charge of the kingdom during the sovereign's minority, incapacity, or absence.
    2. (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).
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Origin of protector

1325–75; < Late Latin (see protect, -tor); replacing Middle English protectour < Middle French
Related formspro·tec·tor·al, adjectivepro·tec·tor·less, adjectivepro·tec·tor·ship, nounsub·pro·tec·tor, nounsub·pro·tec·tor·ship, noun
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protector

noun
  1. a person or thing that protects
  2. history a person who exercised royal authority during the minority, absence, or incapacity of the monarch
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Derived Formsprotectoral, adjectiveprotectress, fem n

Protector

noun
  1. 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 protector

n.

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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