tu·​to·​ri·​al | \ tü-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce tutorial (audio) , 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



Definition of tutorial (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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 The 10-minute tutorial, sponsored by Glossier, moves from gua sha massage to styling her curtain fringe with dry shampoo. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 30 Apr. 2021 Watch the Bill Murray comedy for a tutorial on dealing with the ultimate boundary crasher. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2021 Watch the Bill Murray comedy for a tutorial on dealing with the ultimate boundary crasher. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2021 Phan pioneered the YouTube beauty tutorial — a blockbuster feat. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2021 Also, here’s a quick tutorial on how to use tire chains or cables, which may be required on mountain roads. Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2021 Celebrity hair-and-makeup artist Chris Georges says mermaid waves are his most requested tutorial because so many of us are looking to switch to the style. Elle Turner, Glamour, 19 May 2021 Covid is our mass tutorial, our dress rehearsal for all the depredations as well as tragedies that the climate emergency could bring. Ian Mcewan, WSJ, 19 Mar. 2021 Doubts about the game sink in almost immediately, with its unbearable tutorial–one that unnervingly sets the tone by treating you like a six-year-old who’s never played a racing game before. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Taking mental notes, like noting something on a tutorial video. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 So far, Snacks has enjoyed the tutorial-style process of spring football alongside an unfamiliar coaching staff. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Apr. 2021 The snowy mountains and sparse settlements of Norway serve as an ideal tutorial environment. Simon Hill, Wired, 8 Mar. 2021 To me this feels like a game investing more in its tutorial mode six months after launch when fans are dying for new content. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 Additionally, the tutorial missions are played on maps that have since been reworked for the regular matchmaking mode. Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2021 Because that was what the tutorial house came with. Saira Mueller, Wired, 4 Feb. 2021 Post-tutorial, she was asked by a Globe reporter to explain it. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Jan. 2021 YouTube has seen a boom in tutorial type videos, from baking sourdough to raising chickens. Nell Lewis; Video By Stefanie Blendis, CNN, 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of tutorial


1923, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1822, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tutorial was in 1822

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10 Jun 2021

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“Tutorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tutorial. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tutorial

 (Entry 1 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



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

: of or relating to a tutor

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