[toot-l-ij, tyoot-]


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

Synonyms for tutelage

2. direction, supervision, tutoring, coaching.
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Examples from the Web for tutelage

Contemporary Examples of tutelage

  • Arnaud Faye, who spent four years under the tutelage of Bertron at Relais Bernard Loiseau, has a similar outlook.

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    Do Michelin Stars Still Matter?

    Brandon Presser

    May 8, 2014

  • But beyond politics and policy, the rally was really about tutelage.

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    'Kahane For Kids'

    Elisheva Goldberg

    November 5, 2012

  • Under his tutelage, Bank of America acquired some big game, like FleetBoston Financial Corp. on April 1, 2004.

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    The Merger That Ruined Lewis

    Nomi Prins

    October 1, 2009

Historical Examples of tutelage

  • 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

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 for tutelage

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.

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