[too-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-, tyoo-]


pertaining to or exercised by a tutor: tutorial functions or authority.


a class in which a tutor gives intensive instruction in some subject to an individual student or a small group of students.
  1. programmed instruction provided to a user at a computer terminal, often concerning the use of a particular software package and built into that package.
  2. a manual explaining how to use a particular software package or computer system.

Origin of tutorial

1735–45; < Latin tūtōri(us) of a guardian + -al1
Related formsnon·tu·to·ri·al, adjectivenon·tu·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of tutorial

  • But even in Merton the germ of tutorial instruction was present.

  • Before 1856 the professorial system of teaching had long lain in abeyance, and the tutorial system had prevailed alone.

  • And I understand that he has also taken his place among the regular subjects of the tutorial lectures.

  • It must, of course, be remembered in extenuation that with all his social and tutorial duties, the don is very hard worked.

  • In his relation to these older students the grammar master may be regarded as the precursor of the system of tutorial instruction.

British Dictionary definitions for tutorial



a period of intensive tuition given by a tutor to an individual student or to a small group of students


of or relating to a tutor
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Word Origin and History for tutorial

1742, from tutor (n.) + -al (1). As a noun, attested from 1923.

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