noun, plural pro·tec·to·ries.

an institution for the care of destitute or delinquent children.

Origin of protectory

First recorded in 1650–60; protect + -ory2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for protectory

Historical Examples of protectory

  • While Hyman was in the grammar grades, a brag pupil, Pasquale was in the Protectory, a branded incorrigible.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • He received his education in a protectory where the good brothers were much too busy to observe which hand he used.

  • The “institutions designated by law” for the reception of truants are chiefly the Protectory and the Juvenile Asylum.

British Dictionary definitions for protectory


noun plural -ries

an institution for the care of homeless, delinquent, or destitute children
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