Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who protects; a guardian.
  • noun A device that protects; a guard.
  • noun A person who rules a kingdom during the minority of a sovereign.
  • noun The head of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1653 to 1659.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which protects, defends, or shields from injury or any evil; a defender; a guardian; a patron: as, a child's natural protectors.
  • noun In English history: One who had the care of the kingdom during the king's minority or incapacity; a regent: as, the Duke of Somerset was protector in the reign of Edward VI.
  • noun [capitalized] The title (in full Lord Protector) of the head of the executive during part of the period of the Commonwealth: it was held by Oliver Cromwell 1653–8, and by Richard Cromwell 1658–9.
  • noun In weaving, a stop-motion attached to a power-loom, which immediately stops the loom when the shuttle fails to enter the box.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, defends or shields from injury, evil, oppression, etc.; a defender; a guardian; a patron.
  • noun (Eng. Hist.) One having the care of the kingdom during the king's minority; a regent.
  • noun (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.
  • noun (Eng. Hist.) the title of Oliver Cromwell as supreme governor of the British Commonwealth (1653-1658).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone who protects or guards, by assignment or on his own initiative.
  • noun A device or mechanism which is designed to protect.
  • noun One who prevents interference.
  • noun A state or other subject under international law, exercising a protectorate over another subject in international law.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who cares for persons or property

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin, from protegere 'to shield, protect'

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