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tutelage

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noun tu·te·lage \ˈtü-tə-lij, ˈtyü-\

Simple Definition of tutelage

  • : the teaching of an individual student by a teacher

  • : an act of guarding or protecting something

  • : helpful influence or guidance

Full Definition of tutelage

  1. 1a :  an act or process of serving as guardian or protector :  guardianshipb :  hegemony over a foreign territory :  trusteeship 2

  2. 2 :  the state of being under a guardian or tutor

  3. 3a :  instruction especially of an individualb :  a guiding influence <a business under the tutelage of a new director>

Examples of tutelage

  1. The company is relying on the tutelage of its new CEO to increase profits.

  2. <a governess overseeing the tutelage of the family's children>



Origin of tutelage

Latin tutela protection, guardian (from tutari to protect, frequentative of tueri to look at, guard) + English -age


First Known Use: 1605




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