[ 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.

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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


tu·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. 2020

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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 forms of tuition

tuitional, adjective

Word Origin for tuition

C15: from Old French tuicion, from Latin tuitiō a guarding, from tuērī to watch over
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