[ey-tood, ey-tyood, ey-tood, ey-tyood; French ey-tyd]
- a musical composition, usually instrumental, intended mainly for the practice of some point of technique.
- study(def 12).
Origin of étude
From French, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at study
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Examples from the Web for etude
His "Gradus ad Parnassum" became the parent of Etude literature.For Every Music Lover
Aubertine Woodward Moore
Etude sur l'Espece a l'occasion d'une revision de la Famille des Cupuliferes.More Letters of Charles Darwin
Etude sur les lettres, les arts et lindustrie pendant le quinzime sicle, vol.The Story of Bruges
Konstantin Diomiditch took his seat at the piano, and played the etude very fairly well.Rudin
Opus 10, No. 5, is the "Black Key" etude, so called because all the notes of the right hand are on black keys.The Pianolist
- a short musical composition for a solo instrument, esp one designed as an exercise or exploiting technical virtuosity
C19: from French: study
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper