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[toot-l-ij, tyoot-]
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  1. the act of guarding, protecting, or guiding; office or function of a guardian; guardianship.
  2. instruction; teaching; guidance: His knowledge of Spanish increased under private tutelage.
  3. the state of being under a guardian or a tutor.
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Origin of tutelage

1595–1605; < Latin tūtēl(a) guardianship (derivative of tuērī to watch; see tuition) + -age

Synonyms for tutelage

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2. direction, supervision, tutoring, coaching.
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Related Words for tutelage

guidance, training, instruction, schooling, supervision, preparation, protection, lesson, education, custody, care, coaching, drilling, apprenticeship, tutoring

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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


  1. the act or office of a guardian or tutor
  2. instruction or guidance, esp by a tutor
  3. the condition of being under the supervision of a guardian or tutor
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Word Origin for tutelage

C17: from Latin tūtēla a caring for, from tuērī to watch over; compare tuition
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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