Definition of protector in English:



  • 1A person or thing that protects someone or something.

    ‘a man who became her protector, adviser, and friend’
    ‘ear protectors’
    • ‘In the way they are described in this bill they sound a bit like glamorised security guards and protectors of the collections.’
    • ‘In hearing protection, sophisticated electronic protectors are the trend.’
    • ‘And where are the guardians and protectors of all that is right and good in western medicine?’
    • ‘These dogs traveled with the Roman armies, for whom they served as guards, protectors and draft dogs.’
    • ‘Compliance with wearing hip protectors is low because many older patients find them uncomfortable.’
    • ‘So these charms were considered ' lucky charms' and powerful protectors against evil.’
    • ‘Currently, though, and from a historical standpoint, the custodians and protectors of the document inspire little confidence.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was just payback for being their protector and provider.’
    • ‘Perhaps it means I should wear a pocket protector and thick glasses.’
    • ‘Sometimes their role as custodians and protectors of biodiversity is not even acknowledged.’
    • ‘The most basic kind of power protection is a surge protector, also known as a surge suppressor.’
    • ‘I want to show up with a catcher's mask, chest protector and shin guards.’
    • ‘Some of the vests now have a collar and groin protector.’
    • ‘Third, we visualize assisting and protective forces, the dharma protectors.’
    • ‘I currently have elderly patients who describe feeling insecure when not wearing their hip protectors.’
    • ‘Inside was a surge protector - the key item they were looking for.’
    • ‘The biggest of the ringing bells is three tonnes and an arresting sight as it gracefully arcs round, even if we can't hear it to its full capacity thanks to our bright red ear protectors.’
    • ‘He then donned his hearing protectors and yellow sunglasses and manned the air cart.’
    • ‘What is feasible in the short term is a smaller entity that will protect the protectors.’
    • ‘These protectors guarded over the tombs of the kings, in what is now known as the Valley of the Kings.’
    defender, preserver, bodyguard, minder, guardian, guard, champion, watchdog, ombudsman, knight in shining armour, guardian angel, patron, chaperone, escort, keeper, custodian
    guard, shield, pad, buffer, cushion, screen
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  • 2historical A regent in charge of a kingdom during the minority, absence, or incapacity of the sovereign.

    ‘the King's uncle became Protector’
    1. 2.1 The title of the head of state in England during the later period of the Commonwealth between 1653 and 1659, first Oliver Cromwell (1653–8), then his son Richard (1658–9).
      • ‘In 1653 it became the home of Oliver Cromwell after he was made Lord Protector of the Commonwealth.’
      • ‘Through his unique talents as a politician and military commander during the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell rose from humble origins to become Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England.’