Guardian vs Protector - What's the difference?

guardian | protector |

As nouns the difference between guardian and protector

is that guardian is guardian while protector is someone who protects or guards, by assignment or on their own initiative.




(en noun)
  • Someone who guards, watches over, or protects.
  • (legal) A person legally responsible for a minor (in loco parentis).
  • (legal) A person legally responsible for an incompetent person.
  • A superior in a Franciscan monastery.
  • (video games) A major or final enemy; boss.
  • * 1993 , Zach Meston, J. Douglas Arnold, Awesome Super Nintendo Secrets 2
  • Secret weak points of bosses/guardians .
  • * 2004 , James Newman, Videogames
  • 'if you tell me how to find the secret door in level three, I'll tell you how to defeat the end of level guardian'

    Derived terms

    * guardian angel * guardianship * guard


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    Alternative forms

    * protectour (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • 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.
  • * 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.
  • (UK, historical) One having the care of the kingdom during the king's minority; a regent.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (Roman Catholic) 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.
  • Synonyms

    * guard * sentry