Definition of tutor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞odər/


1A private teacher, typically one who teaches a single student or a very small group.
Example sentences
  • From 1743 he was a private tutor and school teacher until in 1748 he found a position as librarian of the collection of Imperial Count Heinrich von Bünau near Dresden.
  • My advice is to keep your son at his present school and employ a private tutor to improve his grades rather than drag him kicking and screaming to a new school that he does not want to attend.
  • After his primary education was completed, Vico served as a private tutor to the nephews of the bishop of Ischia.
teacher, instructor, educator, lecturer, trainer, mentor
formal pedagogue
1.1chiefly British A university or college teacher responsible for the teaching and supervision of assigned students.
Example sentences
  • Mature students are, as a rule, the kinds of students university tutors dream about: keen, committed and interested.
  • College authorities have banned tutors from offering students a predinner drink and the timing of Hall has been brought forward to discourage excessive drinking before dinner.
  • And students and their tutors from schools, colleges and training companies from all across Wiltshire will be honoured.
1.2US An assistant lecturer in a college or university.
Example sentences
  • The class was co-taught by two teachers, both graduate students in education at a local university; three undergraduate tutors also assisted with small group work.
  • A University cannot function without its teaching staff - whether they be deans, professors, readers, lecturers or tutors.
  • Most participants in these two projects have been able to follow through on advice about getting help, namely by utilizing tutors or remedial assistance.


[with object]
1Act as a tutor to (a single student or a very small group): his children were privately tutored
More example sentences
  • She filled the time by tutoring groups of local and Korean students in English which she proved to be very good at.
  • She now terms herself unemployed, but is involved with tutoring schoolchildren in Harlem.
  • I have to tutor some freshmen in Spanish after school.
teach, instruct, educate, school, coach, train, drill
1.1 [no object] Work as a tutor.
Example sentences
  • I study and I do part time work tutoring or gardening (mow lawns).
  • He also worked part time tutoring during the university term.
  • His relations with his aunt deteriorated, however, and Nielsen left her home when he was fourteen and he continued at school but earned his living by tutoring.



Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞odərij/
Example sentences
  • Through his tutorage and by participating in the running and walking activities, the unhealthy have found nirvana.
  • Again, the differentiation between governance, management, and tutorage to the pupils is something that we have to differentiate.
  • Under McGuinness's tutorage Powell adopted a more expressionist style.


Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞odərˌSHip/
Example sentences
  • Classes take place twice weekly under the tutorship of a professional artist.
  • He will spend a few weeks under tutorship of officers at Corsham Police Station before starting work on the streets.
  • It is likely that, as one of the younger candidates and there only being twelve law tutorships available, he would be expected to wait another year.


Late Middle English: from Old French tutour or Latin tutor, from tueri 'to watch, guard'.

  • tuition from Late Middle English:

    ‘Custody, care’ was the early meaning of tuition which comes via Old French from Latin tueri ‘to watch, guard’. Current senses to do with instruction date from the late 16th century. Tutor is from the same root and same date. See also pedagogue

Words that rhyme with tutor

accoutre (US accouter), commuter, computer, disputer, looter, neuter, pewter, polluter, recruiter, refuter, rooter, saluter, scooter, shooter, souter, suitor, tooter, transmuter, uprooter

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Syllabification: tu·tor

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