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1. One who, or that which, defends or shields from injury, evil, oppression, etc.; a defender; a guardian; a patron. For the world's protector shall be known. (waller)

2. One having the care of the kingdom during the king's minority; a regent. Is it concluded he shall be protector ! (Shak)

3. A cardinal, from one of the more considerable roman Catholic nations, who looks after the interests of his people at Rome; also, a cardinal who has the same relation to a college, religious order, etc. Lord Protector, the title of oliver Cromwell as supreme governor of the British Commonwealth (1653-1658).

Origin: L., cf. F. Protecteur.

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