protector

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Anglo-Norman protectour, from Old French protector, from Latin protector, from protegere (to shield, protect).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • /prəˈtektə/
  • enPR: prə-tĕk'tər

Noun[edit]

protector (plural protectors)

  1. Someone who protects or guards, by assignment or on their own initiative.
  2. A device or mechanism which is designed to protect.
  3. One who prevents interference.
  4. A state or other subject under international law, exercising a protectorate over another subject in international law.
    • Jon Huntsman, Jr.
      I stand before you in the spirit of pure public service — not as a protector of the status quo, but as an agent of change.
  5. (Britain, historical) One having the care of the kingdom during the king's minority; a regent.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  6. (Roman Catholicism) 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.

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protector (feminine protectora, masculine plural protectors, feminine plural protectores)

  1. protecting

Noun[edit]

protector m (plural protectors)

  1. protector

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin prōtector, from prōtegō (to shield, protect).

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protector m (plural protectoren, diminutive protectortje n)

  1. A protector, guardian, regent etc.
  2. (rare) Title of certain orphanage governors

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Latin[edit]

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prōtector m (genitive prōtectōris); third declension

  1. protector (all senses)
  2. guardian; guard

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative prōtector prōtectōrēs
genitive prōtectōris prōtectōrum
dative prōtectōrī prōtectōribus
accusative prōtectōrem prōtectōrēs
ablative prōtectōre prōtectōribus
vocative prōtector prōtectōrēs

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

protector m (plural protectores, feminine protectora, feminine plural protectoras)

  1. Alternative spelling of protetor (superseded in Brazil by the 1943 spelling reform, and by the Orthographic Agreement of 1990 elsewhere. Still used in countries where the agreement hasn’t come into effect, and as an alternative spelling in Portugal, where the agreement came into effect in May 2009.)

Adjective[edit]

protector m (feminine singular protectora, masculine plural protectores, feminine plural protectoras, comparable)

  1. Alternative spelling of protetor (superseded in Brazil by the 1943 spelling reform, and by the Orthographic Agreement of 1990 elsewhere. Still used in countries where the agreement hasn’t come into effect, and as an alternative spelling in Portugal, where the agreement came into effect in May 2009.)

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɾoteɡˈtoɾ/, [pɾot̪eɣˈt̪oɾ]

Adjective[edit]

protector (feminine singular protectora, masculine plural protectores, feminine plural protectoras) or protector (feminine singular protectriz, masculine plural protectores, feminine plural protectrices)

  1. protective

Noun[edit]

protector m (plural protectores, feminine protectora) or protector (feminine singular protectriz, masculine plural protectores, feminine plural protectrices)

  1. A protector

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