Definition of Lord Protector from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Lord Protector

 
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(also Protector, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth)
 
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the title given to Oliver Cromwell and later to his son Richard (1626-1712) during the period after the English Civil War known as the Protectorate (1653-9). During this time Cromwell and his son claimed greater powers to rule the country, including the power to rule independently of Parliament.