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also pro·tect·er  (prə-tĕk′tər)
1. One who protects; a guardian.
2. A device that protects; a guard.
3. 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.

pro·tec′tor·al adj.
pro·tec′tor·ship′ n.
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1. (Historical Terms) the rank of protector of a kingdom
2. (Historical Terms) a protectorate
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Noun1.protectorship - the position of protector
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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