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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “tutelage” in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


From Latin tutela (a watching, guardianship, protection), from tueri (to watch, guard). See tuition.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtjuːtɪlɪdʒ/, /ˈtʃuːtɪlɪdʒ/, /ˈtuːtɪlɪdʒ/
  • (weak vowel merger) IPA(key): /ˈtjuːtələdʒ/, /ˈtʃuːtələdʒ/, /ˈtuːtələdʒ/
  • (with syncope) IPA(key): /ˈtjuːtlɪdʒ/, /ˈtʃuːtlɪdʒ/, /ˈtuːtlɪdʒ/, /-ədʒ/


tutelage (countable and uncountable, plural tutelages)

  1. The act of guarding, protecting, or guiding; guardianship; protection
    the king's right of seigniory and tutelage
  2. The state of being under a guardian or a tutor; care or protection enjoyed.
  3. Instruction; teaching; guidance


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