What does tutor mean?

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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.

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

  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.

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

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. 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  

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    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. 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.

  2. Fumihide Tanaka:

    Tutor robots tend to be regarded as replacing the human teachers.

  3. Fumihide Tanaka:

    We learn a lot by teaching others, i personally did not like the idea of tutor robots. This is the complete opposite of a tutor robot ; it's more like the children's friend. Or like a younger brother or sister.

  4. 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.

  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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