[ ey-tood, ey-tyood, ey-tood, ey-tyood; French ey-tyd ]
/ ˈeɪ tud, ˈeɪ tyud, eɪˈtud, eɪˈtyud; French eɪˈtüd /

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.

Origin of étude

From French, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at study
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British Dictionary definitions for etude

/ (ˈeɪtjuːd, French etyd) /


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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