American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To act as a tutor to; instruct or teach privately.
- v. To have the guardianship, tutelage, or care of.
- v. To function as a tutor.
- v. To be instructed by a tutor; study under a tutor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A guardian.
- n. In law, the guardian of a boy or girl in pupilarity. In the absence of other provision, the father is the tutor, and failing him there may be a tutor nominate, a tutor-at-law, or a tutor dative. A tutor nominate is one nominated in a testament, etc., by the father of the child or children to be placed under guardianship. A father may nominate any number of tutors. A tutor-at-law is one who acquires his right by the mere disposition of law, in cases where there is no tutor nominate, or where the tutor nominate is dead, or cannot act, or has not accepted. A tutor dative is one named by the sovereign on the failure of both tutors nominate and tutors-at-law. In civil law it was originally considered as a right of the nearest relative to be named the tutor in order to preserve the fortune for the family, and it was only gradually that the protection of the infant himself came to be considered the principal object, and the filling of the office of tutor more as a duty which had to be fulfilled unless there were special circumstances to excuse, than as a right which a relative could claim.
- 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.
- To have the guardianship or care of.
- To instruct; teach.
- n. One who teaches another (usually called a student, learner, or tutee) in a one-on-one or small-group interaction.
- v. transitive To instruct or teach, especially to an individual or small group.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who guards, protects, watches over, or has the care of, some person or thing.
- n. A treasurer; a keeper.
- n. (Civ. Law) One who has the charge of a child or pupil and his estate; a guardian.
- n. A private or public teacher.
- n. (Eng. Universities) An officer or member of some hall, who instructs students, and is responsible for their discipline.
- n. (Am. Colleges) An instructor of a lower rank than a professor.
- v. To have the guardianship or care of; to teach; to instruct.
- v. To play the tutor toward; to treat with authority or severity.
- 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
- From Middle English tutour, from Old French tuteur (French tuteur), from Latin tutor ("a watcher, protector, guardian"), from tuēri ("to protect"); see tuition. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“An hour a week of conversation with a tutor is going to help, assuming the tutor stops and explains what you are doing wrong.”
“The tutor is harsh, forbidding visits home and treating the girls badly.”
“A tutor is trained, matched with a student and encouraged to meet with the student weekly for 90 minutes.”
“Didn't you call your tutor "sir" when you were at home?”
“Does he call his tutor Holy Joe to his face [Gilbey clutches at his hair in his impatience].”
“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.”
“My tutor is a member of Egypt's largest minority, the Coptic Christians.”
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