Definitions

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  • adj. Serving as a guardian; protective; tutelary.
  • n. One that is tutelary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the guardianship or charge of protecting a person or a thing; guardian; protecting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the guardianship or charge of protecting a person or a thing; guardian; protecting: as, tutelar genii; tutelar goddesses.
  • Pertaining to a protector or guardian; tending to guard or protect; protective: as, tutelar powers.

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

  • adj. providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding

Etymologies

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Latin tutelaris, from tutela + -aris.

Examples

  • Those which they call their tutelar deities shall be no protection to them.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • Note: 1 The Americans sometimes called their tutelar saint Tamenay, a corruption of the name of the renowned chief here introduced.

    The Last of the Mohicans

  • * The Americans sometimes called their tutelar saint

    The Last of the Mohicans; A narrative of 1757

  • * The Chinese believe there are a kind of tutelar spirits, or good Genii: in the cities there are temples to them, in which the Mandarines offer sacrifice: as also to the spirits of the rivers, mountains, four parts of the world, &c.P. Semedo's hist. part.

    Hau Kiou Choaan :

  • Mrs. Witherington was, in conferring her maternal bounty, naturally led to employ the agency of Hartley, the companion of her son, and to whom, since the recovery of her younger children, she almost looked up as to a tutelar deity.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • We use the word “genius” indifferently in speaking of the tutelar demon of a town of antiquity, or an artist, or a musician.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Sua cuique civitati (Laeli) religio sit, nostra nobis, Tully thought fit every city should be free in this behalf, adore their own Custodes et Topicos Deos, tutelar and local gods, as Symmachus calls them.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • What, Lamprias, will you permit our tutelar god, called Evius, the inciter of women, famous for the honors he has conferred upon him by madmen, to be inscribed and enrolled in the mysteries of the

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Was Alice his unknown warden, and was this maiden of the cavern the tutelar genius that watched his bed during his sickness?

    Waverley

  • Afterwards, the relatives retire, and the corpse is carried to the burning-ground by men who have the same tutelar deity as the deceased.

    Among the Tibetans

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