- 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
Examples from the Web for protector
“I recognized Dave Schultz as my protector,”' du Pont said in the March interview.
Carl Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson), Family Matters Cop, father, and protector of Steve Urkel.
As my mother, my protector, stayed with me for my ear operation when I was five, now I stay with Father.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father|Adam Hochschild|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We stand by our responsibilities as a protector of human rights.Let's Get Real: Washington Can't Walk Away From Cairo|Frank G. Wisner|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The mother insisted that at her core Barnes was a protector.
You need a protector who is not only wise and brave, and loyal to Albania, but loyal to you.The Captain of the Janizaries|James M. Ludlow
Old Matt Rockwood, my friend and protector, the friend and protector of my childhood, was dead.Field and Forest|Oliver Optic
The comparative failure of this, Cromwell's pet enterprise, was a bitter blow to the Protector.The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century|Clarence Henry Haring
Was it not dangerous to remain much longer without an asylum and a protector?Which?|Ernest Daudet
All were written after his accession to the throne , and were dedicated to his uncle, Protector Somerset.
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Word Origin and History for protector
late 14c., from Old French protector (14c., Modern French protecteur) and directly from Late Latin protector, agent noun from protegere (see protection). Related: Protectoral.