[toot-l-er-ee, tyoot-]


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.

Nearby words

  1. tut,
  2. tut-tut,
  3. tutankhamen,
  4. tutee,
  5. tutelage,
  6. tutenag,
  7. tutiorism,
  8. tutor,
  9. tutorage,
  10. tutoress

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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tutelar (ˈtjuːtɪlə)


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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Word Origin and History for tutelary



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

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