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 tutorial on how to make this lattice crust with an old family pie crust recipe is in my story/highlights!! Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Patriotic Pies on Instagram You've Got to See to Believe," 25 June 2020 In the demo, which also appears to be the braindance tutorial, it was used to figure out who killed the person recording the memory. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Latest Cyberpunk 2077 footage shows off a 'braindance' and more of the prologue," 25 June 2020 That’s where Chimezie came in, offering a 90-minute tutorial on Zoom on how to properly apply the products. Amber Ferguson, Washington Post, "The creative ways beauty pros are facing the pandemic," 18 June 2020 Here’s a DIY Network tutorial on how to make planter posts for hanging outdoor string lights. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Paint a room, build a fire pit, string solar lights: More stay-at-home projects for summer," 17 June 2020 In this gem of a tutorial, Taylor gives the step-by-step rundown on how to achieve this ankle-grazing look. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Celebrity Hairstylist Kee Taylor Shows How To Get This Summer Hair Trend At Home," 16 June 2020 This was quite the tutorial for Sprewell, who had needed just two years to go from late first-round pick to the Warriors’ leading scorer. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Inside the couple of days Michael Jordan was (sort of) with the Warriors," 2 June 2020 Things go south as soon as Tom turns on the trimmers near the beginning of the tutorial. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Tom Holland Gave His Brother An At-Home Haircut — & Chaos Ensued," 28 May 2020 The virtual event is held in several Zoom meeting rooms, which feature tutorials, discussions and master builds. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Since you're probably running out of things to do while staying socially distant, here are 63 more," 26 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The company will continue to invest in digital innovation with new services, including one-to-one video chat support, online tutorial videos and virtual work. Dallas News, "Microsoft is permanently closing its stores," 26 June 2020 Saturday, the Children's Museum kicked off a day of at-home activities with a tutorial video on skipping. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Andrew Luck gives surprise storytime for Children's Museum," 21 Mar. 2020 Chefs like Massimo Bottura and Tom Colicchio have started posting cooking tutorial videos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #KitchenQuarantineand #CookingInACrisis. Laura Itzkowitz, House Beautiful, "How I've Gotten Through 10 Days of Sheltering in Place in Italy," 19 Mar. 2020 Two years ago, Lovie Simone was making beauty tutorial videos on YouTube. Josh Aronson, Teen Vogue, "Lovie Simone on the Psychology of Her "Greenleaf" Character and Wanting Complex Storylines," 27 Sep. 2019 Also available in the center console will be Tesla tutorial videos to teach customers more about their vehicles, something Tesla executives mentioned as a priority on the company's last earnings call. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Tesla introduces new software update that comes with Netflix and 'Car-aoke'," 26 Sep. 2019 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

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Tutorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tutorial. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce tutorial (audio)

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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