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  1. a woman who guards or defends someone or something; protector.
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Origin of protectress

First recorded in 1560–70; protect(o)r + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for protectress

Historical Examples of protectress

  • If I am to act as your protectress I must know all you can tell me––all!

    The Bondwoman

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • And what conceptions they were which the people formed of their protectress in heaven!

  • She was now the protectress and the consoler of a man she admired and revered.

  • She felt herself to be our protectress, and was prepared to do battle in our behalf.

    In the Eastern Seas

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • She had apparently a vague idea that he had been unkind to her protectress, and that he was an enemy.