[toot-l-er-ee, tyoot-]
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  1. having the position of guardian or protector of a person, place, or thing: tutelary saint.
  2. of or relating to a guardian or guardianship.
noun, plural tu·te·lar·ies.
  1. 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

1605–15; < Latin tūtēlārius guardian; see tutelage, -ary
Related formssu·per·tu·te·lar·y, adjectiveun·tu·te·lar, adjectiveun·tu·te·lar·y, adjective
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Related Words for tutelary

advisory, guardian, protective, custodial

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tutelar (ˈtjuːtɪlə)

  1. invested with the role of guardian or protector
  2. of or relating to a guardian or guardianship
noun plural -laries or -lars
  1. a tutelary person, deity, or saint
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Word Origin and History for tutelary

1610s, from Latin tutelarius "a guardian," from tutela "protection, watching" (see tutor (n.)).

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