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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
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  • Under the tutelage of the mad god, White Fang became a fiend.

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

    Browning's England Helen Archibald Clarke
  • We are convinced that we are better than our fathers, and must break away from their tutelage.

  • Place him under the tutelage of great masters and send him to Harvard.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • What, would she go back to Bartenstein—to insignificance, to dulness, and to tutelage?

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • “Under your tutelage I am sure I shall do well,” I accepted.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • I had learned enough under Nokomee's tutelage to carry on a conversation.

    Valley of the Croen Lee Tarbell
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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