- a small, often decorative case, especially one for needles, toilet articles, or the like.
Origin of etui
Examples from the Web for etui
Historical Examples of etui
He stepped to his trunk, unlocked it, and took from it an etui containing a number of fans.Frederick The Great and His Family
- a small usually ornamented case for holding needles, cosmetics, or other small articles
Word Origin for étui
1610s, from French étui, Old French estui (12c.) "case, box, container," back-formation from estuier "put in put aside, spare; to keep, shut up, imprison," of uncertain origin.