[ 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 formstu·i·tion·al, tu·i·tion·ar·y [too-ish-uh-ner-ee, tyoo-] /tuˈɪʃ əˌnɛr i, tyu-/, adjectivetu·i·tion·less, adjectiveself-tu·i·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tuition


/ (tjuːˈɪʃən) /


instruction, esp that received in a small group or individually
the payment for instruction, esp in colleges or universities
Derived Formstuitional, adjective

Word Origin for tuition

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.

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