Definitions

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

  • n. A private instructor.
  • n. One that gives additional, special, or remedial instruction.
  • n. A teacher or teaching assistant in some universities and colleges having a rank lower than that of an instructor.
  • n. A graduate, usually a fellow, responsible for the supervision of an undergraduate at some British universities.
  • n. Law The legal guardian of a minor and of the minor's property.
  • transitive v. To act as a tutor to; instruct or teach privately.
  • transitive v. To have the guardianship, tutelage, or care of.
  • intransitive v. To function as a tutor.
  • intransitive v. To be instructed by a tutor; study under a tutor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who teaches another (usually called a student, learner, or tutee) in a one-on-one or small-group interaction.
  • v. To instruct or teach, especially to an individual or small group.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who guards, protects, watches over, or has the care of, some person or thing.
  • n. A treasurer; a keeper.
  • n. One who has the charge of a child or pupil and his estate; a guardian.
  • n. A private or public teacher.
  • n. An officer or member of some hall, who instructs students, and is responsible for their discipline.
  • n. An instructor of a lower rank than a professor.
  • transitive v. To have the guardianship or care of; to teach; to instruct.
  • transitive v. To play the tutor toward; to treat with authority or severity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To have the guardianship or care of.
  • To instruct; teach.
  • n. A guardian.
  • n. In law, the guardian of a boy or girl in pupilarity.
  • n. One who has the care of instructing another in various branches or in any branch of learning; a private instructor; also, a teacher or instructor in anything.
  • n. In Eng. universities, an officer who is specially intrusted with the care of the undergraduates of his college.
  • n. In U. S. colleges, a teacher subordinate to a professor, usually appointed for a year or a term of years.

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

  • n. a person who gives private instruction (as in singing, acting, etc.)
  • v. act as a guardian to someone
  • v. be a tutor to someone; give individual instruction

Etymologies

Middle English tutour, from Old French, from Latin tūtor, from tūtus, variant past participle of tuērī, to guard.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English tutour, from Old French tuteur (French tuteur), from Latin tutor ("a watcher, protector, guardian"), from tuēri ("to protect"); see tuition. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To every fifty children a tutor is assigned: they ramble through the country to collect specimens and observe the various formations, – excursion-trains being frequently engaged in taking them to distant localities to see for themselves hot springs, mountains, canyons, stalactites, stalagmites, &c.

    Man's Rights: or, How Would You Like It?

  • If you are here in México and in a fairly large city with a University, Fergueson's advice to get a private tutor is probably the best advice of all.

    Spanish lessons

  • A student whom I tutor is reading Fahrenheit 451, and reading it with him has made me wonder what the best dystopian literature for young adult and youth readers is.

    New Notes, Back to School edition

  • An hour a week of conversation with a tutor is going to help, assuming the tutor stops and explains what you are doing wrong.

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  • The tutor is harsh, forbidding visits home and treating the girls badly.

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  • A tutor is trained, matched with a student and encouraged to meet with the student weekly for 90 minutes.

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  • 'Didn't you call your tutor "sir" when you were at home?'

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  • Does he call his tutor Holy Joe to his face [Gilbey clutches at his hair in his impatience].

    Fanny's First Play

  • I had a travelling tutor, which is the fashion too; but my tutor was a gentleman, which it is not always the fashion for tutors to be.

    The Man of Feeling

  • My tutor is a member of Egypt's largest minority, the Coptic Christians.

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  • I love this: "about forty Years old, and past the Vanities of Life." :-D

    And now, for even more entertainment:

    A tutor who tutors the flute
    tried to tutor two tutees the flute.
    Said the two to the tutor,
    "It is harder to toot or
    to tutor two tutees the flute?"

    January 27, 2009

  • "WANTED.
    A PERSON about forty Years old, and past the Vanities of Life, who is judicious, accurate, and acquainted with the most intricate Accounts. If he could be of Service in teaching a Child or two, he would be the more acceptable; good Wages will be given. Inquire at the Post Office in Williamsburg."
    Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon), Dec. 10, 1772

    January 27, 2009