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

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Nick Scott: Special-teams standout at Penn State is under the tutelage of special-teams coordinator John Fassel, who always finds creative ways to utilize a player with Scott’s skills. Los Angeles Times, "Here’s how the Rams rookies might contribute this season," 4 Sep. 2019 The offensive line, under the tutelage of new assistant Kurt Anderson, looked average. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Northwestern looks awful in a season-opening 17-7 defeat to Stanford: ‘This was a really disappointing loss’," 31 Aug. 2019 The 24-year-old has matured into one of Europe's finest wingers under the tutelage of Guardiola's management, and has greatly improved his return in front of goal - scoring over 20 goals in all competitions during the past two seasons. SI.com, "Pep Guardiola Confident Raheem Sterling Can Achieve Record Goals Haul for Man City This Season," 17 Aug. 2019 This promises to be an interesting campaign for Campolindo, which went 10-3 last season and often overachieves under the tutelage of veteran coach Kevin Macy. Mike Lefkow, The Mercury News, "Bay Area Preps HQ football preview: No. 15 Campolindo," 31 July 2019 Under the tutelage of professional filmmakers, students will learn scriptwriting, storyboard sketching, character development, improvisation, and camera skills, and will end the week by producing their own short film. BostonGlobe.com, "West Calendar: What’s happening this week," 25 July 2019 Under the tutelage of the late Roger Ailes, later the Fox News impresario, Nixon showed himself to be a competent, if not charismatic, TV performer. Elaine C. Kamarck, Washington Post, "Eight men, one chaotic election and the birth of the modern primary system," 18 July 2019 At the end of their visit, the couple listened to the school’s nine- and 10-year-olds show off their singing talents under the tutelage of the Aloud charity, which inspires kids to improve their lives through singing. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Camilla Salutes 'Very Keen Readers' at Welsh School as She Reads Roald Dahl Poem," 4 July 2019 She had been hired by the powerhouse Boston public station as an engineer, but under the tutelage of veteran jazz broadcaster Eric Jackson, Berzon started putting together her own shows. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Bay Area jazz women ready to celebrate a radio icon in Berkeley," 2 July 2019

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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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