[ 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/.
  1. 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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How to use étude in a sentence

  • The "Etudes de la Nature" embraced a thousand different subjects, and contained some new ideas on all.

    Paul and Virginia | Bernardin de Saint Pierre

British Dictionary definitions for étude


/ (ˈeɪtjuːd, French etyd) /

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

Origin of étude

C19: from French: study

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