Definitions

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

  • n. The capacity or activity of a guardian; guardianship.
  • n. The capacity or activity of a tutor; instruction or teaching.
  • n. The state of being under the direction of a guardian or tutor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of guarding or protecting; guardianship; protection; as, the king's right of seigniory and tutelage.
  • n. The state of being under a guardian; care or protection enjoyed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of guarding or protecting; guardianship; protection.
  • n. The state of being under a guardian; care or protection enjoyed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Protection, guardianship: as, the king's right of seigniory and tutelage.
  • n. The state of being under a guardian; care or protection enjoyed.

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

  • n. attention and management implying responsibility for safety
  • n. teaching pupils individually (usually by a tutor hired privately)

Etymologies

Latin tūtēla (from tūtus, variant past participle of tuērī, to guard) + -age.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tutela ("a watching, guardianship, protection"), from tueri ("to watch, guard"); see tuition. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The group's tutelage is far from polite and largely relies on instructors such as the Repairman and the Butcher, beating lessons into Gibson until he passes out.

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  • After a little pause, 'But is a woman in tutelage for her whole life in this country?' she said.

    Juniper Hall: A Rendezvous of Certain Illustrious Personages during the French Revolution, Including Alexandre D'Arblay and Fanny Burney

  • We often wonder about and, indeed, my colleagues and I routinely suggest Haiti and similar places for "tutelage" - a type of UN trusteeship.

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  • Exxon stock has gone up 57 percent under his tutelage, which is quite an accomplishment to be celebrated, or should it be defended now here in America?

    CNN Transcript May 28, 2008

  • The law was “an insulting attempt to put the laborer under a legislative tutelage, which is not only degrading to his manhood, but subversive of his rights as a citizen of the United States.”

    A History of American Law

  • "But if Jurand die first, then the tutelage will be the prince's and mine, and we will give you the girl immediately."

    The Knights of the Cross or, Krzyzacy

  • So essentially, Schwartz has been dealing with an expansion team in 2009, and in that context, the two wins the team has managed under his tutelage are a good start.

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  • He offended in turn both the Bulgarian patriots who wished him to lead their country to a complete freedom, and the Russians who would have her kept under a kind of tutelage to the "Little Father."

    Bulgaria

  • If they say tutelage, they appear to mean the kind of tutelage extended to the fattened goose.

    Liberalism

  • And she had, under this kind of tutelage, became one of a brilliant, fashionable, dress-loving crowd of women, who spend most of their lives in caring for their complexions and counting their lovers.

    God's Good Man

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  • King Monkut used this word when he was talking to Mycroft Kincaid about how his children were doing under Anna's teaching.

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