- having the position of guardian or protector of a person, place, or thing: tutelary saint.
- of or pertaining to a guardian or guardianship.
1611, from L. tutelarius "a guardian," from tutela "protection, watching" (see tutor).
"After the formation of the Triple Alliance, Tlacaélel 'went about persuading the people,' as one Mexica historian wrote, that Huitzilopochtli was not a mere tutelary deity, but a divinity essential to the fate of humankind."
- Charles Mann, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus