tutor

noun
tu·​tor | \ ˈtü-tər How to pronounce tutor (audio) , ˈtyü-\

Definition of tutor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person charged with the instruction and guidance of another: such as
a : a private teacher
b : a teacher in a British university who gives individual instruction to undergraduates

tutor

verb
tutored; tutoring; tutors

Definition of tutor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to teach or guide usually individually in a special subject or for a particular purpose : coach
2 : to have the guardianship, tutelage, or care of

intransitive verb

1 : to do the work of a tutor
2 : to receive instruction especially privately

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of tutor in a Sentence

Noun

I got a tutor to help me with my homework. He is a tutor in European history.

Verb

She earned extra money tutoring in the evening. bought a video series designed to tutor a person in the fine art of decorating cakes
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The two albums were created by Herbert Galloway Stewart, an English tutor to the Czar’s nephews. James Rogers, Fox News, "Incredible photos of the last czar and the Russian royal family surface," 25 Sep. 2018 Thanks to my tutor for helping me fix and to @kanenavasard for being a legend. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Just Updated a Tattoo She Got With Pete Davidson," 18 Mar. 2019 Image Between her pricey private tutors and SAT camp, Julie Yao knew that her education meant everything to her Chinese immigrant parents. John Eligon, New York Times, "Asian-Americans Face Multiple Fronts in Battle Over Affirmative Action," 16 June 2018 Thanks to my tutor for helping me fix and to @kanenavasard for being a legend. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Good News: Ariana Grande Fixed Her Tattoo. Bad News: It Might Still Be Misspelled.," 31 Jan. 2019 His trumpet tutor was Peter Davis, who was also a former teacher of Louis Armstrong's. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "For nearly 100 years (and counting), he's been a part of New Orleans' music scene," 3 Apr. 2018 The bullying at Downe was so bad, apparently, that Kate developed eczema from the stress of it, her Marlborough house tutor, Joan Gall, told the Daily Mail. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Had to Change Schools When She Was 14 Because She Was Bullied," 29 Dec. 2018 In one, the decoy prospective student expressed an interest in English and math and discussed volunteer work as a tutor and participation in the marching band. Elisha Maldonado, WSJ, "Colleges Favor Academics Over Activism," 27 Sep. 2018 Whatever else these creatures are, or once were, the beings became my de facto tutors. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Hollow Knight beats Metroid, Dark Souls at their own brutal game," 28 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Eulynn Gargano, head of test prep and tutoring at FutureWise Consulting, tells Teen Vogue. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "What Should You Study in College? How To Choose Your Major," 9 Apr. 2019 His early work was more formal in tone and inspired by mythology, after the poems of Robert Graves (whose son Merwin tutored in Majorca) and Wallace Stevens. Bridget Read, Vogue, "W.S. Merwin, Prize-Winning Poet and Conservationist, Has Died at 91," 15 Mar. 2019 With Henry tutoring Beckham in 2016, the 2014 first-rounder caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 TDs. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "The Browns should trade for Odell Beckham Jr.: 12 reasons why," 26 Mar. 2018 With tutoring from her kindergarten teacher and intense physical therapy, Kara returned to school the following September, walking and eating on her own and speaking well enough to convey her needs. Ellen Seidman, Woman's Day, "Why One Mother Swears By This Life-Changing App for Her Daughter's Disability," 22 May 2017 In the fierce competition for seats in public schools’ gifted programs, many families pay for months of tutoring for the test that determines admission. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Some Parents Pay Up to $400 an Hour to Prep 4-Year-Olds for NYC’s Gifted Test," 3 Oct. 2018 Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester King George V and Queen Mary’s third son, Henry was the first child of a British monarch to be educated at school, rather than be tutored at home, and ultimately attended Eton College. The Editors, Town & Country, "The British Royal Family Tree," 19 May 2018 Visit your local tutoring center and talk to your counselor. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "How To Transfer Colleges When You Think You Want To Switch Schools," 27 Dec. 2018 And there's a large classroom and tutoring space to support adult literacy programs and workforce development. Richard Greene, star-telegram, "Arlington is home to nation's newest library," 16 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tutor.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of tutor

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for tutor

Noun

Middle English tutour, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin tutor, from tueri

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tutor

Statistics for tutor

Last Updated

11 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for tutor

The first known use of tutor was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for tutor

tutor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tutor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a teacher who works with one student
British : a teacher at a British university who works with one student or a small group of students

tutor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tutor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to teach a single student : to teach someone as a tutor

tutor

noun
tu·​tor | \ ˈtü-tər How to pronounce tutor (audio) , ˈtyü-\

Kids Definition of tutor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a teacher who works with an individual student

tutor

verb
tutored; tutoring

Kids Definition of tutor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to teach usually individually

tutor

noun
tu·​tor | \ ˈtü-tər, ˈtyü-tər How to pronounce tutor (audio) \

Legal Definition of tutor

in the civil law of Louisiana : a guardian of a minor or sometimes of a person with mental retardation — compare committee, conservator, curator

Other Words from tutor

tutorship noun

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on tutor

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with tutor

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for tutor

Spanish Central: Translation of tutor

Nglish: Translation of tutor for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of tutor for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about tutor

Comments on tutor

What made you want to look up tutor? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

likely to have or produce good results

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!