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 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
Recent Examples on the Web And Nathan’s tutelage and Underwood’s dedication certainly translated into results on the field. Murphy Wheeler, The Indianapolis Star, "After hitting bottom, baseball helps Purdue alum find himself," 16 June 2020 But Garland assured that Apache Junction will be in good hands under Binkley's tutelage. Briar Napier, azcentral, "'I'm hoping to pay back': San Francisco 49ers' Ben Garland teams up with old coach to help Apache Junction," 12 June 2020 Whitaker, who had played baritone horn in high school and could read music, had practiced in a loft before starting his tutelage under Mr. Niehaus. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Lennie Niehaus, who set Eastwood’s films to music," 11 June 2020 Under Kimbrough’s tutelage, Thomas played Scriabin, memorized all of Monk’s tunes, and transcribed solos by Charlie Parker and Art Tatum. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "In the Vanguard of Trio Jazz with Micah Thomas," 29 May 2020 Derek Ellis, who graduated from Jeffersonville in 1984 and is the current baseball coach of the Red Devils, was one of hundreds of players under the tutelage of Poole. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Jeffersonville Hall of Fame baseball coach Don Poole dies," 9 June 2020 Before the latest tumble, U.S. companies had added roughly $12 trillion in value under Trump’s tutelage, leaving the president highlighting 401(k) performances as recently as January. Sarah Ponczek, Bloomberg.com, "All the Stock Market Gains Since Trump Took Office Have Vanished," 9 Jan. 2020 Those homes will be part of the Colorado Community Land Trust’s inventory until a new board, now studying under Harrington’s tutelage, is ready to take over. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Denver communities putting more faith in land trusts amid affordable housing crisis," 8 July 2019 Gene Tweedy met Adams at a car show and under Adams’ tutelage built a ’54 Chevy Bel Air with the same remarkable eye for detail. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Dwarf cars: Street-legal replicas of classic rides are made in AZ. Here's where to see them," 27 Mar. 2020

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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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25 Jun 2020

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“Tutelage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tutelage. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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