- 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
Examples from the Web for tuition
“Roughly a third” of the tuition goes to instructors, according to one former coach who asked not to be named.The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
December 1, 2014
Now, tuition accounts for an average of 36 percent of their operating budgets.
And why has tuition risen so sharply at public universities?
The Branson School holds an elite reputation in tony Marin County, charging around $40,000 a year for tuition.Headmasters Behaving Badly
November 29, 2014
It covers kindergarten through 8th grade and has $3,825 annual tuition, but fundraising allows many to get $1,500 in tuition aid.Freedom From Fear for Dreamer Kids
November 24, 2014
Besides his tuition would not prevent him from having ideas of his own, later on.His Masterpiece
Three years were more than enough to be passed under his tuition.
He began the study of music in 1827 under the tuition of Charles Lucas.The Standard Oratorios
George P. Upton
It was amazing how quickly Irene made progress under this tuition.A Modern Tomboy
L. T. Meade
Very well, then, you may start in at once, and I will pay your tuition fees.From Farm to Fortune
Horatio Alger Jr.
- instruction, esp that received in a small group or individually
- the payment for instruction, esp in colleges or universities
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.