[ too-ter, tyoo- ]
/ ˈtu tər, ˈtyu- /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to act as a tutor or private instructor.
to study privately with a tutor.

Nearby words

  1. tutee,
  2. tutelage,
  3. tutelary,
  4. tutenag,
  5. tutiorism,
  6. tutorage,
  7. tutoress,
  8. tutorial,
  9. tutorial system,
  10. tutoyer

Origin of tutor

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tūtor protector, equivalent to tū- (variant stem of tuērī to guard; see tutelage) + -tor -tor

Related forms

Synonym study

6. See teach.

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British Dictionary definitions for tutorship


/ (ˈtjuːtə) /


a teacher, usually instructing individual pupils and often engaged privately
(at universities, colleges, etc) a member of staff responsible for the teaching and supervision of a certain number of students
Scots law the guardian of a pupilSee pupil 1 (def. 2)


Derived Formstutorage or tutorship, noun

Word Origin for tutor

C14: from Latin: a watcher, from tuērī to watch over

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Word Origin and History for tutorship
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