tu·​te·​lage | \ ˈtü-tə-lij How to pronounce tutelage (audio) , 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 tueri 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 tueri, 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 typically refers to the cost of instruction but which originally referred to the protection, care, or custody 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
Recent Examples on the Web His first four years out of school were spent working under the tutelage of head winemaker Anthony King at Lemelson Vineyards in Carlton. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 29 July 2022 Jacobs and his brother Gene Jacobs of Stevens Point got their banding certification in the 1970s under the tutelage of Tom Erdman of Pensaukee. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2022 The Los Angeles native emerged from the tutelage of Arthur Erickson and Andrée Putman to found his own Parisian firm. The Editors Of Elle Decor, ELLE Decor, 1 June 2022 Multi-year starters Tuf Borland, Baron Browning and Pete Werner, and valuable reserve Justin Hilliard, all benefited from Washington’s tutelage. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 12 Feb. 2021 She is also encouraged by the number of young people who are learning to cook under her tutelage, as her own grandchildren have done. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, 23 June 2022 The Scotties, under his tutelage, had a 122-12 dual meet record in track and 98-40 in cross country. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 June 2022 Under his tutelage freshman Braelon Allen developed into one of the Big Ten’s top running backs last season. Jeff Potrykus, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2022 However, under the tutelage of Shooting Coach Fred Vinson, Ball transformed himself into a dead-eye sniper – draining 37.6% of his threes in his final two seasons in New Orleans. Mat Issa, Forbes, 9 June 2022 See More

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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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“Tutelage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tutelage. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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