Meaning of PROTECTION in English


n.1 a the act or an instance of protecting. b the state of being protected; defence (affords protection against the weather). c a thing, person, or animal that provides protection (bought a dog as protection).

2 (also protectionism) Econ. the theory or practice of protecting home industries.

3 colloq. a immunity from molestation obtained by payment to gangsters etc. under threat of violence. b (in full protection money) the money so paid, esp. on a regular basis.

4 safe conduct.

5 archaic the keeping of a woman as a mistress.


protectionist n.

Etymology: ME f. OF protection or LL protectio (as PROTECT)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.