from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fee for instruction, especially at a formal institution of learning.
  • n. Instruction; teaching.
  • n. Archaic Guardianship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sum of money paid for instruction (such as in a high school, boarding school, university, or college).
  • n. The training or instruction provided by a teacher or tutor.
  • n. Care, guardianship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Superintending care over a young person; the particular watch and care of a tutor or guardian over his pupil or ward; guardianship.
  • n. Especially, the act, art, or business of teaching; instruction
  • n. The money paid for instruction; the price or payment for instruction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Guard; keeping; protection; guardianship.
  • n. The particular watch and care of a tutor or guardian over his pupil or ward.
  • n. Instruction; the act or business of teaching the various branches of learning.
  • n. The fee for instruction.
  • n. Synonyms Tuition differs from the words compared under instruction chiefly in being a rather formal and business-like word: as, the charge for tuition is $100: it represents the act or series of acts, but not the art.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. teaching pupils individually (usually by a tutor hired privately)
  • n. a fee paid for instruction (especially for higher education)


Middle English tuicion, protection, from Old French, from Latin tuitiō, tuitiōn-, from tuitus, past participle of tuērī, to protect.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French, from Latin tuitiō ("guard, protection, defense"), from tuēri ("to watch, guard, see, observe"). Compare intuition, tutor. (Wiktionary)


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