- 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.
- instruction, esp that received in a small group or individually
- the payment for instruction, esp in colleges or universities
n.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.