tutorial

noun
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

tutorial

adjective

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

Burns said at the beginning of a class in July before encouraging students to seek out online tutorials. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Digital immigrants’ interact with technology through instructional program," 18 July 2019 The company at one time managed 5,000 YouTube stars, many of them creators of fashion and beauty tutorials. Alex Wigglesworth, latimes.com, "Former executive at influencer marketing firm StyleHaul accused of embezzling millions to play poker," 11 July 2019 His early interest in computers and technology was what made his parents enrol him at Whitehat Jr, a Mumbai company that provides children with programming tutorials. Parul Agrawal, Quartz India, "In India, toddlers are starting to write computer codes before they can talk," 11 July 2019 The new platform will offer an improved tutorial to help volunteers get up to speed quickly, and volunteers will be able to share discoveries and comments with the rest of the Global Xplorer community. National Geographic, "Solving India’s ancient mysteries—with the help of citizen scientists," 10 July 2019 The tutorial section doesn’t offer much guidance aside from instructing how to perform basic and special moves. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Samurai Shodown’ a solid revamp for cult fighting game series," 28 June 2019 Photo tutorials walk readers through what may be unfamiliar steps. Andrea Pyenson, BostonGlobe.com, "Green crabs are wreaking havoc on our coastal habitat. So let’s eat them.," 25 June 2019 But YouTube is fire for Asian-girl makeup tutorials. New York Times, "Awkwafina’s Makeup Revelation in the Subway: ‘I Looked Insane’," 25 June 2019 But for YouTube, which counts makeup tutorials as some of its most popular videos among its 2 billion monthly active users, the augmented reality feature will offer AR-powered ad campaign opportunities. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "You Can Now Virtually Try on Makeup Through YouTube," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Now, a quick transformation tutorial courtesy of Manny MUA: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "I Need These Cactus-Shaped Makeup Brushes From Tarte's Sister Brand Sugar Rush Immediately," 19 Apr. 2019 The free, full-year class includes tutorial support and meets the math requirement for non-STEM bachelors in humanities for the Montana University System. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "The Benefits of Starting College Early—in High School," 10 Feb. 2019 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

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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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tutorial

noun

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

tutorial

adjective

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

: of or relating to a tutor

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