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

  • adj. Being or serving as a guardian or protector: tutelary gods.
  • adj. Of or relating to a guardian or guardianship.
  • n. One that serves as a guardian or protector.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding


From Latin tūtēlārius, guardian, from tūtēla, tutelage; see tutelage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin tutelarius "guardian" from tutela "protection" (Wiktionary)



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