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[too-ish-uh n, tyoo-] /tuˈɪʃ ən, tyu-/
the charge or fee for instruction, as at a private school or a college or university:
The college will raise its tuition again next year.
teaching or instruction, as of pupils:
a school offering private tuition in languages.
Archaic. guardianship or custody.
Origin of tuition
1250-1300; Middle English tuicion a looking after, guarding < Latin tuitiōn- (stem of tuitiō), equivalent to tuit(us) (past participle of tuērī to watch; cf. tutelage) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
tuitional, tuitionary
[too-ish-uh-ner-ee, tyoo-] /tuˈɪʃ əˌnɛr i, tyu-/ (Show IPA),
tuitionless, adjective
self-tuition, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tuition
  • Despite the outcry over high college costs, tuition rates are still going up.
  • In addition, those who attend college face the dual burden of soaring tuition bills and shrinking federal education grants.
  • tuition, the university liked to tell us, covered only a fraction of the cost of our education.
  • They were protesting cuts in government spending on education, layoffs of professors and plans to increase tuition.
  • If you have paid college tuition recently, you probably have questions.
  • Beyond the cultural grounding that's served here, tuition is free and kids are fed breakfast and lunch daily.
  • And students now struggling with that debt load should demand a full tuition refund.
  • tuition is rising almost everywhere for almost every degree, and faster than inflation.
  • We're willing to pay his tuition to boot camp if it is deemed necessary.
  • The student body is diverse and, with low tuition fees, the school is generally reckoned to be excellent value for money.
British Dictionary definitions for tuition


instruction, esp that received in a small group or individually
the payment for instruction, esp in colleges or universities
Derived Forms
tuitional, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French tuicion, from Latin tuitiō a guarding, from tuērī to watch over
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Word Origin and History for tuition

mid-15c., "protection, care, custody," from Anglo-French tuycioun (late 13c.), from Old French tuicion "guardianship," from Latin tuitionem (nominative tuitio) "a looking after, defense, guardianship," from tuitus, past participle of tueri "to look after" (see tutor). Meaning "action or business of teaching pupils" is recorded from 1580s. The meaning "money paid for instruction" (1828) is probably short for tuition fees, in which tuition refers to the act of teaching and instruction.

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