- a person or thing that protects; guardian; defender
- Eng. History
- a person ruling a kingdom during the minority, absence, or incapacity of the sovereign
- [P-] the title held by Oliver Cromwell (1653-58) and his son Richard (1658-59), during the British Protectoratein full Lord Protector
Origin of protectorMiddle English protectour from Middle French from Late Latin protector
- One who protects; a guardian.
- A device that protects; a guard.
- Protector a. A person who rules a kingdom during the minority of a sovereign.b. The head of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1653 to 1659.
- Someone who protects or guards, by assignment or on their own initiative.
- A device or mechanism which is designed to protect.
- One who prevents interference.
- A state or other subject under international law, exercising a protectorate over another subject in international law.
- 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. -Jon Huntsman, Jr.
From Latin, from protegere 'to shield, protect'
protector - Computer Definition
A device that protects equipment and facilities from abnormally high voltage or current surges or spikes such as those caused by lightening strikes. The original carbon-based protectors have been obsoleted by gas-tube protectors and semiconductor resistor-based protectors. Good electrical protection requires good electrical grounding, and is essential in high-lightening areas. Synonymous with surge protector.