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Webster 1913 Edition


Protector

Pro-tect′or

,
Noun.
[L.: cf. F.
protecteur
.]
1.
One who, or that which, defends or shields from injury, evil, oppression, etc.; a defender; a guardian; a patron.
For the world’s
protector
shall be known.
Waller.
2.
(Eng. Hist.)
One having the care of the kingdom during the king's minority; a regent.
Is it concluded he shall be
protector
!
Shakespeare
3.
(R. C. Ch.)
A cardinal, from one of the more considerable Roman Catholic nations, who looks after the interests of his people at Rome; also, a cardinal who has the same relation to a college, religious order, etc.
Lord Protector
(Eng. Hist.)
,
the title of Oliver Cromwell as supreme governor of the British Commonwealth (1653-1658).

Webster 1828 Edition


Protector

PROTECT'OR

,
Noun.
One that defends or shields from injury, evil or oppression; a defender; a guardian. The king or sovereign is, or ought to be, the protector of the nation; the husband is the protector of his wife, and the father of his children.
1.
In England, one who formerly had the care of the kingdom during the king's minority; a regent. Cromwell assumed the title of lord Protector.
2.
In catholic countries, every nation and every religious order has a protector residing at Rome. He is a cardinal, and called cardinal protector.

Definition 2021


protector

protector

English

Alternative forms

Noun

protector (plural protectors)

  1. Someone who protects or guards, by assignment or on their own initiative.
  2. A device or mechanism which is designed to protect.
  3. One who prevents interference.
  4. A state or other subject under international law, exercising a protectorate over another subject in international law.
    • Jon Huntsman, Jr.
      I stand before you in the spirit of pure public service not as a protector of the status quo, but as an agent of change.
  5. (Britain, historical) One having the care of the kingdom during the king's minority; a regent.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  6. (Roman Catholic) A cardinal, from one of the more considerable Roman Catholic nations, who looks after the interests of his people at Rome; also, a cardinal who has the same relation to a college, religious order, etc.

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Catalan

Adjective

protector m (feminine protectora, masculine plural protectors, feminine plural protectores)

  1. protecting

Noun

protector m (plural protectors)

  1. protector

Dutch

Pronunciation

Etymology

From Latin prōtector, from prōtegō (to shield, protect).

Noun

protector m (plural protectoren, diminutive protectortje n)

  1. A protector, guardian, regent etc.
  2. (rare) Title of certain orphanage governors

Synonyms

Derived terms

  • lord-protector m
  • protectorschap n

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Latin

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /proːˈtek.tor/, [proːˈtɛk.tɔr]

Noun

prōtector m (genitive prōtectōris); third declension

  1. protector (all senses)
  2. guardian; guard

Inflection

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative prōtector prōtectōrēs
genitive prōtectōris prōtectōrum
dative prōtectōrī prōtectōribus
accusative prōtectōrem prōtectōrēs
ablative prōtectōre prōtectōribus
vocative prōtector prōtectōrēs

Descendants

  • Russian: протектор (protektor)

References


Spanish

Adjective

protector m (feminine singular protectora, masculine plural protectores, feminine plural protectoras) or protector m (feminine singular protectriz, masculine plural protectores, feminine plural protectrices)

  1. protective

Noun

protector m (plural protectores, feminine protectora) or protector m (feminine singular protectriz, masculine plural protectores, feminine plural protectrices)

  1. A protector

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