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[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.
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noun, plural tu·te·lar·ies.
  1. a person who has tutelary powers, as a saint, deity, or guardian.
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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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Historical Examples

  • There is nothing that does not partake of that of which the missionary, or the tutelary, is the special.

    The Book of the Damned

    Charles Fort

  • His master-piece was the picture of Ialysus, the tutelary hero of Rhodes, where he lived.

  • Perhaps a tutelary genius, invisible to us, inhabits the house.

  • Piazzi called it Ceres, after the tutelary goddess of Sicily.

  • The Dūma is not regarded only as an evil spirit, but also as a tutelary deity.

British Dictionary definitions for tutelary


tutelar (ˈtjuːtɪlə)

  1. invested with the role of guardian or protector
  2. of or relating to a guardian or guardianship
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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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