• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tutelary providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding "daycare that is educational and not just custodial","a guardian angel","tutelary gods"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tutelary Having the guardianship or charge of protecting a person or a thing; guardian; protecting; as, tutelary goddesses. "This, of all advantages, is the greatest . . . the most tutelary of morals."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tutelary A tutelary divinity; an animal regarded as a tutelary divinity: as, Anubis, the tutelary of sepulchers.
    • tutelary Same as tutelar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Tutelary protecting: having the charge of a person or place
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tutelaris,: cf. F. tutélaire,. See Tutelage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tutelatutāri, to guard—tuēri, to see.


In literature:

Almost every hill and cavern has, in the eye of the Indian, its tutelary deity.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
Yes, this must be her secret tutelary deity, who did not want himself to be known to her.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
One of the tutelary deities of the Banjaras is Banjari Devi, whose shrine is usually located in the forest.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Only to be is to be tutelary.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
Every junk and sampan has its tutelary idol.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864" by Various
There was a market at Rome, near the temple of this God, who was regarded as one of the tutelary Deities of the traders.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Your very sincere and favorite tutelary.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
Every village in the Sierra has its own tutelary saint, whose festival is celebrated with great solemnity.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Wherefore, O tutelary gods of the city!
"Prometheus Bound and Seven Against Thebes" by Aeschylus
The scheme of gods just described is closely allied to that of tutelary deities for individual human beings.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Withdrawal of paternal, maternal or tutelary authority and nomination of another tutor.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
She was the tutelary goddess of his family.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
They were the tutelary deities of all public occasions in the town.
"The Co-Citizens" by Corra Harris
Above the door, fastened to a lamp, hung a branch of laurel in honor of the tutelary gods of the house.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
To Mercury and Minerva, Tutelary Gods.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
From this time the shoemakers have chosen them for their tutelary saints.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Antony's tutelary god was Bacchus, but he claimed descent from Hercules, whom in size and strength he resembled.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
At one end of the room was a rude frame, supporting the image of a tutelary saint.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
This alarmed the actors, by whom I was regarded as their tutelary genius.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
Each village has also its tutelary god, having a hut to himself.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell