- having the position of guardian or protector of a person, place, or thing: tutelary saint.
- of or relating to a guardian or guardianship.
- a person who has tutelary powers, as a saint, deity, or guardian.
Also tu·te·lar [toot-l-er, tyoot-] /ˈtut l ər, ˈtyut-/.
Origin of tutelary
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Examples from the Web for tutelary
There is nothing that does not partake of that of which the missionary, or the tutelary, is the special.The Book of the Damned
His master-piece was the picture of Ialysus, the tutelary hero of Rhodes, where he lived.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
Perhaps a tutelary genius, invisible to us, inhabits the house.
Piazzi called it Ceres, after the tutelary goddess of Sicily.Pioneers of Science
The Dūma is not regarded only as an evil spirit, but also as a tutelary deity.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
- invested with the role of guardian or protector
- of or relating to a guardian or guardianship
- a tutelary person, deity, or saint
Word Origin and History for tutelary
1610s, from Latin tutelarius "a guardian," from tutela "protection, watching" (see tutor (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper