Definition of repetitor in English:



  • A tutor or university official appointed to preside over recitations of lessons read by students (especially in continental Europe); specifically a tutor providing private tuition in law or medicine at a German university.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Anthony Copley (b. 1567), writer and conspirator. From post-classical Latin repetitor tutor, earlier in sense ‘person who repeats or recapitulates (a discourse)’ (636 in Isidore), already in classical Latin in sense ‘person who claims back’ from repetit-, past participial stem of repetere + -or. In specific use after German Repetitor. Compare French répétiteur, Catalan repetidor, Spanish repetidor, Portuguese repetidor, Italian ripetitore.