MEANING: noun: A tutor who travels with a young man.

ETYMOLOGY: From allusion to a literal bear leader, a man who led a muzzled bear from place to place to perform in the streets. Earliest documented use: 1749.

REAR LEADER - the Duke of Plaza-Toro *

WEAR LEADER - Number One in the Fashion Hit Parade

BEAR READER - the Complete Winnie-the-Pooh Anthology

* "In enterprise of martial kind
When there was any fighting
He led his regiment from behind -
He found it less exciting..."
-- Gilbert and Sullivan, The Gondoliers