a person or thing that protects; defender; guardian.
English History.
a person in charge of the kingdom during the sovereign's minority, incapacity, or absence.
(initial capital letter) . Also called Lord Protector. the title of the head of the government during the period of the Protectorate, held by Oliver Cromwell (1653–58) and by Richard Cromwell, his son (1658–59).

1325–75; < Late Latin (see protect, -tor); replacing Middle English protectour < Middle French

protectoral, adjective
protectorless, adjective
protectorship, noun
subprotector, noun
subprotectorship, noun Unabridged
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protector (prəˈtɛktə)
1.  a person or thing that protects
2.  history a person who exercised royal authority during the minority, absence, or incapacity of the monarch
fem n

Protector (prəˈtɛktə)
short for Lord Protector, the title borne by Oliver Cromwell (1653--58) and by Richard Cromwell (1658--59) as heads of state during the period known as the Protectorate

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Example sentences
The species seekers you write about were hardly the sort to set off in lab coat
  and pocket protector.
Two generations ago a standard uniform identified engineers: white shirt,
  narrow tie, pocket protector and slide rule.
Anti-inflammatory, protector of astronaut eyes, and excrement of the gods.
And a dead ladybird is hardly any use as a protector.
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