One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who or thing which preserves something; a preserver.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Elyot (c1490–1546), humanist and diplomat. From Middle French, French préservateur person who or thing which preserves something from post-classical Latin praeservat-, past participial stem of praeservare + French -eur. Compare Spanish preservador. Compare earlier preserver.
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