protectress

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From protector +‎ -ess.

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protectress (plural protectresses)

  1. A female protector.
    • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:
      Her protectress, at this, was upon her again [...]. For the rest of the conversation she was enclosed in Mrs. Wix's arms [...].
    • 2007 March 11, Michael Kimmelman, “The Goal Standard”, New York Times:
      In Titian’s hands, Diana, protectress of pubescent girls, became a sporty archer in tie-up sandals and bracelets, hair gathered in a loose bun, a silky tunic gaping to reveal one breast, shooting an arrow at her hunky voyeur, who has newly furry ears and a shiny nose, dogs nipping at his crotch.

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