Definition for PRO-TECT'OR

PRO-TECT'OR, n. [Fr. protecteur.]

  1. One that defends or shields from injury, evil or oppression; a defender; a guardian. The king or sovereign is, or ought to be, the protector of the notion; the husband is the protector of his wife, and the father of his children.
  2. In England, one who formerly had the care of the kingdom during the king's minority; a regent. Cromwell assumed the title of lord Protector.
  3. In catholic countries, every nation and every religious order has a protector residing at Rome. He is a cardinal, and called cardinal protector.

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