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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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>



Did You Know?

The Latin verb tuēri means "to look at" or "to guard." When "tutelage" first began appearing in print in the early 1600s, it was used mainly in the protective sense of "tuēri," as writers described serfs and peasants of earlier eras as being "under the tutelage of their lord." Over time, however, the word's meaning shifted away from guardianship and toward instruction. This pattern of meaning can also be seen in the related nouns "tutor" (which shifted from "a guardian" to "a private teacher") and "tuition" (which now refers to the act or profession of teaching or the cost of instruction but originally meant "protection, care, or custody especially as exercised by a parent or guardian over a child or ward").

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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