a musical composition, usually instrumental, intended mainly for the practice of some point of technique.
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How to use étude in a sentence
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Shortly before his death he brought out his complete works, including his latest "Etudes Historiques."A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year | Edwin Emerson
Timanoff replied in the affirmative, and proceeded to open Chopin's Etudes.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
More than one modern poet may be supposed to have drawn a portion of his inspiration, from the "Etudes."
The success of the "Etudes de la Nature" surpassed the most sanguine expectation, even of the author.
The "Etudes de la Nature" embraced a thousand different subjects, and contained some new ideas on all.
British Dictionary definitions for étude
a short musical composition for a solo instrument, esp one designed as an exercise or exploiting technical virtuosity
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