tu·​te·​lage | \ˈtü-tə-lij, ˈtyü-\

Definition of tutelage 

1a : instruction especially of an individual

b : a guiding influence a business under the tutelage of a new director

2 : the state of being under a guardian or tutor

3a : an act or process of serving as guardian or protector : guardianship

b : hegemony over a foreign territory : trusteeship sense 2

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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").

Examples of tutelage in a Sentence

The company is relying on the tutelage of its new CEO to increase profits. a governess overseeing the tutelage of the family's children

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But the years of tutelage will undoubtedly be worth it. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "'Heavenly Bodies' is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s largest, most ambitious exhibit to date," 9 May 2018 With budding acts such as Young Dolph, Ralo and Hoodrich Pablo Juan bubbling under his tutelage, Gucci is hoping to expand his 1017 Brick Squad roster by signing Lil Pump. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Gucci Mane Wants to Sign Lil Pump: 'U Name the Price'," 17 Jan. 2018 The French forward worked with Ancelotti between 2013 and 2015, during the Italian's stint as Real boss, winning the Champions League and Copa del Rey under his tutelage. SI.com, "New Napoli Boss Carlo Ancelotti Eyeing Reunion With Karim Benzema as I Partenopei Ready €40m Bid," 9 July 2018 Johnson was hired by the Brewers on Nov. 2, 2015 and under his tutelage, along with bullpen coach Lee Tunnell, Milwaukee's pitching staff ranks sixth in the major leagues this season with a collective 3.47 earned run average. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Get To Know Q&A: Pitching coach Derek Johnson an anonymous but integral part of Brewers," 19 June 2018 Under his tutelage, the Southeastern pitching staffs have ranked in the top 100 nationally in ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio in each of the last five seasons. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "MLB Draft 2018: Tulane's Grant Witherspoon picked by Tampa Bay Rays in 4th round," 5 June 2018 Offensive coordinator Chip Lindsay praised Stidham for his tutelage in practice of Gatewood, who was just 4 for 14 for zero yards on A-Day. James Crepea, AL.com, "What Jarrett Stidham got out of Auburn's A-Day, spring practice," 9 Apr. 2018 Rick Short, his hitting coach last year, will continue his tutelage of Rose as the Cougars' hitting coach. Paul Johnson, Naperville Sun, "Budding Rose: Joey Rose knows it's 'going to be a grind' with Kane County Cougars," 6 Apr. 2018 Trump’s advisers, despairing of their inability to educate the president, have taken to using television as the preferred vehicle for their tutelage. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Staffers Are Freaking Out Even More Than Usual Right Now," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tutelage

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for tutelage

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

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English Language Learners Definition of tutelage

: the teaching of an individual student by a teacher

: an act of guarding or protecting something

: helpful influence or guidance

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