[ey-tood, ey-tyood, ey-tood, ey-tyood; French ey-tyd]

noun, plural é·tudes [ey-toodz, ey-tyoodz, ey-toodz, ey-tyoodz; French ey-tyd] /ˈeɪ tudz, ˈeɪ tyudz, eɪˈtudz, eɪˈtyudz; French eɪˈtüd/.

a musical composition, usually instrumental, intended mainly for the practice of some point of technique.

Nearby words

  1. étape,
  2. étienne,
  3. étoile,
  4. étouffée,
  5. étrier,
  6. étui,
  7. évasé,
  8. évian-les-bains,
  9. évora,
  10. évreux

Origin of étude

From French, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at study

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British Dictionary definitions for etude



a short musical composition for a solo instrument, esp one designed as an exercise or exploiting technical virtuosity

Word Origin for étude

C19: from French: study

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Word Origin and History for etude



1837, from French étude, literally "study," from Old French estudie (12c.), from Latin studium (see study). Popularized in English by the etudes of Chopin (1810-1849).

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