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[toot-l-ij, tyoot-] /ˈtut l ɪdʒ, ˈtyut-/
the act of guarding, protecting, or guiding; office or function of a guardian; guardianship.
instruction; teaching; guidance:
His knowledge of Spanish increased under private tutelage.
the state of being under a guardian or a tutor.
Origin of tutelage
1595-1605; < Latin tūtēl(a) guardianship (derivative of tuērī to watch; see tuition) + -age
2. direction, supervision, tutoring, coaching. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Frank, however, was not the man to remain in a state of tutelage, working for another.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • “Under your tutelage I am sure I shall do well,” I accepted.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • Therefore provision was made for its progressive development under the tutelage of specially inspired apostles.

    The Last Reformation F. G. [Frederick George] Smith
  • This happened as soon as one took in the ground and some of the features of his tutelage.

  • Hindostan would furnish another highly suggestive example of the educational effects of "tutelage" on a race.

  • Mildred under her brother's tutelage bid fare to be one of this sort.

    Browning's England Helen Archibald Clarke
  • You have been constantly under the tutelage of a fine and lofty personality, Gregor's.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for tutelage


the act or office of a guardian or tutor
instruction or guidance, esp by a tutor
the condition of being under the supervision of a guardian or tutor
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tūtēla a caring for, from tuērī to watch over; compare tuition
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Word Origin and History for tutelage

c.1600, from Latin tutela "a watching, protection," from variant past participle stem of tueri "watch over" (see tutor (n.)). Meaning "instruction, tuition" first appeared 1857.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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