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Topic: EDUCATION

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: tutus; TUTELARY

tutor

1 noun
     
tu‧tor1 [countable]
1SE someone who gives private lessons to one student or a small group, and is paid directly by them:
The children were educated at home by a succession of tutors.
2SEC a teacher in a British university or college:
She was my tutor at Durham.
see usage note teacherWORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

teacher, professor, lecturer, tutor, instructor, coach, trainer
A teacher usually works in a school Do the children like their new teacher? A professor is a teacher of the highest rank in a British university, and is a general term for a teacher in an American college.Someone who teaches in a British university and who is not a professor is called a lecturer.A tutor gives lessons to just one student or a small group of students, especially privately in their home or a student's home a private tutorAn instructor is someone who helps people learn a sport or practical skill, such as driving, skiing, or swimming a riding instructorA coach is someone who helps a person or a team to improve in a sport the school swimming coachA trainer is someone who teaches people the skills they need for a job a teacher trainer. It is also someone who teaches skills to animals a racehorse trainerSee also teacher
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