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protector

[pruh-tek-ter] /prəˈtɛk tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that protects; defender; guardian.
2.
English History.
  1. a person in charge of the kingdom during the sovereign's minority, incapacity, or absence.
  2. (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).
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; < Late Latin (see protect, -tor); replacing Middle English protectour < Middle French
Related forms
protectoral, adjective
protectorless, adjective
protectorship, noun
subprotector, noun
subprotectorship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for protectorless

protector

/prəˈtɛktə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that protects
2.
(history) a person who exercised royal authority during the minority, absence, or incapacity of the monarch
Derived Forms
protectoral, adjective
protectress, noun:feminine

Protector

/prəˈtɛktə/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for protectorless

protector

n.

late 14c., from Old French protector (14c., Modern French protecteur) and directly from Late Latin protector, agent noun from protegere (see protection). Related: Protectoral.

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