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noun (pl) étuis
a small usually ornamented case for holding needles, cosmetics, or other small articles
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old French estuier to enclose; see tweezers
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  • Then he paused and, producing his étui for the second time, lit a cigarette.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • Yes; an étui, we may call it now, but never meant to conceal that gem.

    The King's Esquires George Manville Fenn
  • When cords were employed the cover of the étui was furnished with loops on each side through which the cords slid.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • The color of the étui, on which so fair a hand is resting, is not softer than the hues one sees in the heavens of Italy.

  • He was a fatherly old man, and she let him help her with her fastenings, and comb out her hair with the tiny comb in her étui.

    A Modern Telemachus Charlotte M. Yonge
  • A ball struck the King, whose life was saved by the circumstance of its coming in contact with an étui in his waistcoat pocket.

  • The man took out his étui and lit another cigarette, sinking his sombre gaze meanwhile deep into the stream below.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • The etymology of tweezers can best be made clear by starting from French étui, a case, of doubtful origin.

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