tutorial

noun
tu·​to·​ri·​al | \tü-ˈtȯr-ē-əl, tyü-\

Definition of tutorial 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a paper, book, film, or computer program that provides practical information about a specific subject

2 : a class conducted by a tutor for one student or a small number of students

tutorial

adjective

Definition of tutorial (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or involving a tutor or a tutorial

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Did You Know?

Tutorials with live tutors are useful for both advanced students and struggling ones. Many computer programs include electronic tutorials to help the new user get used to the program, leading him or her through all its functions, often by means of pictures and short videos. But a really difficult program may still require a real-life tutor to be fully understood.

Examples of tutorial in a Sentence

Noun

An online tutorial gives basic instructions for those who have never made reservations on the Web. The professor was offering a tutorial in her office a week before the exam.

Adjective

We offer tutorial instruction for test preparation.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

How To for musicians of all levels, part crash course in the music business, part tips for young or inexperienced artists, and part tutorial on how to use Spotify to get the most value out of the service. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Spotify's Artist Platform Runs Op-Ed On Reasons Not to Sign to Record Labels," 6 July 2018 The Lakefront 7s bills itself as the largest summer rugby event in the United States, and its day full of matches doubles as a first-class tutorial on the sport. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee this weekend (besides Summerfest), from bicycle races to Broadway," 28 June 2018 The suits trod new ground and brought climate science into the courtroom In March, the suits brought by San Francisco and Oakland made news when Alsup requested a tutorial on climate change science. Umair Irfan, Vox, "San Francisco and Oakland sued oil companies for causing climate change. A judge dismissed the cases.," 26 June 2018 Lime and Bird say they coach riders on safely using their scooters through tutorials on their apps. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "'Saw a guy riding down the sidewalk... texting on his phone.' Here come the scooters.," 14 June 2018 So to get fully prepared to play Molly, Chastain watched YouTube tutorials about how to contour from Kardashian. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian and Jessica Chastain Have Twitter Love-Fest Over Kim's Contouring Techniques," 11 Jan. 2018 When: Tuesday, November 7 at 1 p.m. ET Members, log in below to download a compilation of bourbon cocktail recipes and to watch the tutorials. Can't see the details? The Courier-Journal, "Let's Talk Bourbon - Missed the Chat?," 7 Nov. 2017 These sorts of safety tutorials aren't generally meant for children. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Six-year-old twin brothers save toddler from drowning," 10 July 2018 Scope out vintage engines and cars from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s (don’t miss the 1949 Overland Trail car, complete with barbershop), then sit in on a model train tutorial with the good folks from two different model railroad clubs. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here Are the 12 Best Things to Do in L.A. in July," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The 7-year-old, who did her first makeup tutorial two months ago, debuted her new purple hair over the weekend, and her parents could not be prouder. Emily Wang, Allure, "Pink's 7-Year-Old Daughter Willow Hart Just Dyed Her Hair the Coolest Shade of Purple," 4 June 2018 In a teaser for a longer tutorial video, which will be posted online, Reeves is shown building his website in the great outdoors, seeking inspiration in a crackling fire. Megan Friedman, Esquire, "Keanu Reeves Surfs a Motorcycle in His Delightfully Strange Super Bowl Ad," 31 Jan. 2018 In a teaser for a longer tutorial video, which will be posted online, Reeves is shown building his website in the great outdoors, seeking inspiration in a crackling fire. Megan Friedman, Esquire, "Keanu Reeves Surfs a Motorcycle in His Delightfully Strange Super Bowl Ad," 31 Jan. 2018 In a teaser for a longer tutorial video, which will be posted online, Reeves is shown building his website in the great outdoors, seeking inspiration in a crackling fire. Megan Friedman, Esquire, "Keanu Reeves Surfs a Motorcycle in His Delightfully Strange Super Bowl Ad," 31 Jan. 2018 In a teaser for a longer tutorial video, which will be posted online, Reeves is shown building his website in the great outdoors, seeking inspiration in a crackling fire. Megan Friedman, Esquire, "Keanu Reeves Surfs a Motorcycle in His Delightfully Strange Super Bowl Ad," 31 Jan. 2018 In a teaser for a longer tutorial video, which will be posted online, Reeves is shown building his website in the great outdoors, seeking inspiration in a crackling fire. Megan Friedman, Esquire, "Keanu Reeves Surfs a Motorcycle in His Delightfully Strange Super Bowl Ad," 31 Jan. 2018 In a teaser for a longer tutorial video, which will be posted online, Reeves is shown building his website in the great outdoors, seeking inspiration in a crackling fire. Megan Friedman, Esquire, "Keanu Reeves Surfs a Motorcycle in His Delightfully Strange Super Bowl Ad," 31 Jan. 2018 In a teaser for a longer tutorial video, which will be posted online, Reeves is shown building his website in the great outdoors, seeking inspiration in a crackling fire. Megan Friedman, Esquire, "Keanu Reeves Surfs a Motorcycle in His Delightfully Strange Super Bowl Ad," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tutorial

Noun

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

1822, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tutorial was in 1822

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More Definitions for tutorial

tutorial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tutorial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a tutor

tutorial

noun

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

: a book, computer program, etc., that teaches someone how to do something by explaining each stage of a process

: a class taught by a tutor for one student or for a small group of students

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