tutelary

[ toot-l-er-ee, tyoot- ]
/ ˈtut lˌɛr i, ˈtyut- /

adjective

having the position of guardian or protector of a person, place, or thing: tutelary saint.
of or relating to a guardian or guardianship.

noun, plural tu·te·lar·ies.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM tutelary

su·per·tu·te·lar·y, adjectiveun·tu·te·lar, adjectiveun·tu·te·lar·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tutelary

tutelary

tutelar (ˈtjuːtɪlə)

/ (ˈtjuːtɪlərɪ) /

adjective

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

noun plural -laries or -lars

a tutelary person, deity, or saint
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