What does tutor mean?

Definitions for tutor
ˈtu tər, ˈtyu-tu·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coach, private instructor, tutorverb

    a person who gives private instruction (as in singing, acting, etc.)

  2. tutorverb

    be a tutor to someone; give individual instruction

    "She tutored me in Spanish"

  3. tutorverb

    act as a guardian to someone


  1. tutornoun

    One who teaches another (usually called a student, learner, or tutee) in a one-on-one or small-group interaction.

    He passed the difficult class with help from his tutor.

  2. tutorverb

    To instruct or teach, especially to an individual or small group.

    To help pay her tuition, the college student began to tutor high school students in calculus and physics.

  3. Etymology: From tutour, from tuteur (French tuteur), from tutor, from tueri; see tuition.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tutornoun

    One who has the care of another’s learning and morals; a teacher or instructor.

    Etymology: tutor, Lat. tuteur, Fr.

    When I am as I have been,
    Approach me, and thou shalt be as thou wast,
    The tutor and the feeder of my riots;
    Till then I banish thee on pain of death. William Shakespeare.

    Ah, tutor, look where bloody Clifford comes. William Shakespeare.

    When nobles are the tailors tutors;
    No hereticks burnt but wenches suiters. Samuel Butler.

    A primitive Christian, that coming to a friend to teach him a psalm, began, I said I will look to my ways, that I offend not with my tongue; upon which he stop’d his tutor, saying, this is enough if I learn it. Government of the Tongue.

    His body thus adorn’d, he next design’d
    With lib’ral arts to cultivate his mind:
    He sought a tutor of his own accord,
    And study’d lessons he before abhorr’d. Dryden.

    No science is so speedily learned by the noblest genius without a tutor. Isaac Watts.

  2. To Tutorverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    This boy is forest born,
    And hath been tutor’d in the rudiments
    Of many desperate studies by his uncle. William Shakespeare.

    He cannot be a perfect man,
    Not being tried and tutor’d in the world. William Shakespeare.

    The cock has his spurs, and he strikes his feet inward with singular strength and order; yet he does not this by any syllogistical method, but is merely tutored by instinct. Matthew Hale.

    I hardly yet have learn’d
    T’insinuate, flatter, bow, and bend my knee:
    Give sorrow leave a while to tutor me
    To this submission. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    I take a review of my little boys mounted upon hobby-horses, and of little girls tutoring their babies. Addison.


  1. TUTOR

    TUTOR, also known as PLATO Author Language, is a programming language developed for use on the PLATO system at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign beginning in roughly 1965. TUTOR was initially designed by Paul Tenczar for use in computer assisted instruction (CAI) and computer managed instruction (CMI) (in computer programs called "lessons") and has many features for that purpose. For example, TUTOR has powerful answer-parsing and answer-judging commands, graphics, and features to simplify handling student records and statistics by instructors. TUTOR's flexibility, in combination with PLATO's computational power (running on what was considered a supercomputer in 1972), also made it suitable for the creation of games — including flight simulators, war games, dungeon style multiplayer role-playing games, card games, word games, and medical lesson games such as Bugs and Drugs (BND). TUTOR lives on today as the programming language for the Cyber1 PLATO System, which runs most of the source code from 1980s PLATO and has roughly 5000 users as of June 2020.


  1. tutor

    A tutor is an individual who provides personalized academic instruction, skills development, or guidance, either one-on-one or in a small group, outside the traditional classroom setting. They often help students to improve their academic achievement, understanding of a subject or a set of skills, or prepare for academic exams.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tutornoun

    one who guards, protects, watches over, or has the care of, some person or thing

  2. Tutornoun

    a treasurer; a keeper

  3. Tutornoun

    one who has the charge of a child or pupil and his estate; a guardian

  4. Tutornoun

    a private or public teacher

  5. Tutornoun

    an officer or member of some hall, who instructs students, and is responsible for their discipline

  6. Tutornoun

    an instructor of a lower rank than a professor

  7. Tutorverb

    to have the guardianship or care of; to teach; to instruct

  8. Tutorverb

    to play the tutor toward; to treat with authority or severity


  1. Tutor

    A tutor is an instructor who gives private lessons. The most famous example of a tutor is Aristotle, who tutored Alexander the Great. A tutor is not to be confused with a teacher who is employed in the education of groups. To tutor is to perform the functions of a tutor. Shadow education is a pejorative name for private supplementary tutoring that is offered outside the mainstream education system. Private tutoring can help high achievers reach new levels. It can also help slow learners keep up with their peers. In order to provide children with educational advantages, the use of private tutors is spreading and intensifying.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tutor

    tū′tor, n. one who looks to or takes care of: one who has charge of the education of another: one who hears the lessons of and examines students: a teacher: (Scots law) a guardian of the person as well as of the estate of a boy under fourteen, or girl under twelve:—fem. Tū′toress.—v.t to instruct: to treat with authority or sternness.—n. Tū′torage, the office or authority of a tutor: education, as by a tutor.—adj. Tutō′rial, belonging to, or exercised by, a tutor.—adv. Tutō′rially.—ns. Tū′toring; Tū′torism, Tū′torship; Tū′trix, a female guardian. [L. tutor, a guardian—tuēri, tuitus, to look to.]


  1. Tutor

    Tutor.com offers people live, on demand tutoring and homework help services online. They have over 2000 certified tutors from the U.S. and Canada.

Editors Contribution

  1. tutornoun

    1. A person who privately assists with the teaching of subjects to another person who has difficulties learning on their own or in a regular setting. 2 A private teaching assistant.

    If history is that difficult for you I would suggest you getting a tutor to help you gain understanding of the matter.

    Submitted by Luckyducky on October 30, 2021  

  2. tutor

    A person with the accurate and specific ability, experience, skills, knowledge, qualifications, training and education to teach a specific subject.

    The class tutor was experienced and knowledgeable.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TUTOR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tutor is ranked #13483 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tutor surname appeared 2,254 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Tutor.

    91.7% or 2,068 total occurrences were White.
    3.2% or 74 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.1% or 48 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 38 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tutor' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4618

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tutor' in Nouns Frequency: #2011

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tutor in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tutor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of tutor in a Sentence

  1. President Biden:

    The American Rescue Plan gave schools money to hire teachers and help students make up for lost learning, i urge every parent to make sure your school does just that.And we can all play a part – sign up to be a tutor or a mentor.

  2. Ballyboy Comhaltas:

    We are truly devastated by the tragic passing of our amazing friend and musician Ashling Murphy. Words cannot describe how heartbroken we are to lose such a special young lady, far too early in her life, we are privileged to have had Ashling as a fiddle and tin whistle tutor within our branch. She had a warm and caring approach with her pupils and she inspired them to be the best they could be.

  3. Hollie McKay/Fox:

    I was in love. It was a mistake, but I ’m ready to go home, I am ready to go to prison. I just can not stay a minute longer here... but if I can not leave, at least let me work, volunteer or tutor school students like I used to.

  4. Claudia Calderon:

    I took advantage of all the opportunities they offered in prison, including the education they offered, and I became a GED tutor for the educational department and earned a certificate in sustainable foods and also in business administration.

  5. Jerry Mathers:

    Yes, it was nice to have another income rolling in, but it wasn’t like my family couldn’t exist without me working, and when I finished ‘Leave It to Beaver,’ the studio did have another sitcom they wanted me to do, but I had never been to regular school. I had a private tutor from the first grade up until the eighth grade… I wanted to attend regular school and be with other kids. I wanted to play sports.

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