- 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).
- protective laryngeal reflex,
- protective slope,
- protective system,
- protective tariff,
Origin of protector
Examples from the Web for protectorship
San Martin was now the hero of Chile, and was begged to accept the protectorship of the new Republic.South America|W. H. Koebel
She was under his protectorship, otherwise he would not have alluded to the observance of class distinctions.The Amazing Marriage, Complete|George Meredith
They asked him whether he did not mean that his eldest son, Richard, should succeed him in the protectorship.
A feeling of protectorship, a faint consciousness of motherhood, gave her face an exquisite look of entreaty.Sunlight Patch|Credo Fitch Harris
He had come into this Second Protectorship robed in purple, and holding a sceptre of massy gold.The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660|David Masson
late 14c., from Old French protector (14c., Modern French protecteur) and directly from Late Latin protector, agent noun from protegere (see protection). Related: Protectoral.