Definitions

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

  • adjective Being or serving as a guardian or protector.
  • adjective Of or relating to a guardian or guardianship.
  • noun One that serves as a guardian or protector.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tutelary divinity; an animal regarded as a tutelary divinity: as, Anubis, the tutelary of sepulchers.
  • Same as tutelar.

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

  • adjective Having guardianship or protection.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to guardians
  • adjective Having the qualities of a tutor.
  • noun A guardian or protector

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

  • adjective providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin tūtēlārius, guardian, from tūtēla, tutelage; see tutelage.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the Latin tutelarius "guardian" from tutela "protection"

Examples

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  • "Nay, had the hussy's scouringbrush not been her tutelary angel it had gone with her as hard as with Hagar, the Egyptian!"

    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 20, 2007

  • Word used in Chapter 23 of Ron Chernow's biography WASHINGTON to describe GWs outlook as the Continental Army crossed the Delaware on its way to the Battle of Trenton.

    July 5, 2015