- a person employed to instruct another in some branch or branches of learning, especially a private instructor.
- a teacher of academic rank lower than instructor in some American universities and colleges.
- a teacher without institutional connection who assists students in preparing for examinations.
- (especially at Oxford and Cambridge) a university officer, usually a fellow, responsible for teaching and supervising a number of undergraduates.
- the guardian of a boy or girl below the age of puberty or majority.
- to act as a tutor to; teach or instruct, especially privately.
- to have the guardianship, instruction, or care of.
- to instruct underhandedly; coach: to tutor a witness before he testifies.
- to train, school, or discipline.
- to admonish or reprove.
- to act as a tutor or private instructor.
- to study privately with a tutor.
Origin of tutor
Examples from the Web for tutor
Her mother was illiterate, but she secured a tutor for both her sons and her daughters, and Juana could read by the age of 3.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
Filming in Mexico City, where his tutor would supplement world-history lessons with trips to nearby Aztec ruins.‘Free Willy’ Turns 20: Catching Up With Star Jason James Richter
July 16, 2013
He was unnerved when he hired a grand master to tutor her in chess and, after a few months of lessons, she started beating Shaw.The Best Bits From the Secret Ava Gardner Conversations
July 3, 2013
Day completely controlled her fate—he was employer, protector, and tutor all rolled into one.The Man Who Tried to Raise a Wife
April 19, 2013
Bialik credits a tutor she had when she was 15 for changing the trajectory of her life.Mayim Bialik On Her First Emmy Nomination, for ‘The Big Bang Theory’
Maria Elena Fernandez
August 30, 2012
I don't apprehend that a young nobleman ever broke his heart after his tutor.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
He graduated at Yale college, and was subsequently a tutor in that institution.Cleveland Past and Present
He came to Weimar with a tutor to learn German when I happened to be living there.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
She was the daughter of his Cambridge tutor—penniless, pretty, and musical.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
I had no tutor to direct me or take any of the responsibility off me.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- a teacher, usually instructing individual pupils and often engaged privately
- (at universities, colleges, etc) a member of staff responsible for the teaching and supervision of a certain number of students
- Scots law the guardian of a pupilSee pupil 1 (def. 2)
- to act as a tutor to (someone); instruct
- (tr) to act as guardian to; have care of
- (intr) mainly US to study under a tutor
- (tr) rare to admonish, discipline, or reprimand
Word Origin and History for tutor
late 14c., "guardian, custodian," from Old French tutour "guardian, private teacher," from Latin tutorem (nominative tutor) "guardian, watcher," from tutus, variant past participle of tueri "watch over," of unknown origin. Specific sense of "senior boy appointed to help a junior in his studies" is recorded from 1680s.
1590s, from tutor (n.). Related: Tutored; tutoring.