protectorate

 /prəˈtektərɪt/


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
pro•tec•tor•ate /prəˈtɛktərɪt/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]

    a state or territory protected by a stronger nation.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

protectorate /prəˈtɛktərɪt/ n
  1. a territory largely controlled by but not annexed to a stronger state
  2. the office or period of office of a protector



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