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[too-ish-uh n, tyoo-] /tuˈɪʃ ən, tyu-/
the charge or fee for instruction, as at a private school or a college or university:
The college will raise its tuition again next year.
teaching or instruction, as of pupils:
a school offering private tuition in languages.
Archaic. guardianship or custody.
Origin of tuition
1250-1300; Middle English tuicion a looking after, guarding < Latin tuitiōn- (stem of tuitiō), equivalent to tuit(us) (past participle of tuērī to watch; cf. tutelage) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
tuitional, tuitionary
[too-ish-uh-ner-ee, tyoo-] /tuˈɪʃ əˌnɛr i, tyu-/ (Show IPA),
tuitionless, adjective
self-tuition, noun Unabridged
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  • Altogether his self-command was creditable to Janet's tuition.

  • With the successful passing of his tests the pupil's tuition is at an end.

    Learning to Fly Claude Grahame-White
  • The school has earned good place by the excellence of its tuition.

    Edge Hill Edwin Walford
  • Could you show me some letters from Marguerite, or some bill you have paid for her board or tuition?

    Make or Break Oliver Optic
  • The prices for tuition have been for Latin, half a guinea, for English and arithmetic, $2 per month.

    Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2) William Henry Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for tuition


instruction, esp that received in a small group or individually
the payment for instruction, esp in colleges or universities
Derived Forms
tuitional, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French tuicion, from Latin tuitiō a guarding, from tuērī to watch over
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Word Origin and History for tuition

mid-15c., "protection, care, custody," from Anglo-French tuycioun (late 13c.), from Old French tuicion "guardianship," from Latin tuitionem (nominative tuitio) "a looking after, defense, guardianship," from tuitus, past participle of tueri "to look after" (see tutor). Meaning "action or business of teaching pupils" is recorded from 1580s. The meaning "money paid for instruction" (1828) is probably short for tuition fees, in which tuition refers to the act of teaching and instruction.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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