a person or thing that protects; defender; guardian.
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).

Nearby words

  1. protective laryngeal reflex,
  2. protective slope,
  3. protective system,
  4. protective tariff,
  5. protectively,
  6. protectorate,
  7. protectory,
  8. protectress,
  9. protege,
  10. protei

Origin of protector

1325–75; < Late Latin (see protect, -tor); replacing Middle English protectour < Middle French

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British Dictionary definitions for protectorship



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



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 protectorship



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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