[ ey-twee, et-wee ]
/ eɪˈtwi, ˈɛt wi /
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noun, plural e·tuis.
a small, often decorative case, especially one for needles, toilet articles, or the like.
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Origin of etui
1605–15; <French étui,Old French estui holder, noun derivative of estuier to keep <Vulgar Latin *studiāre to treat with care
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The queen then returned, holding in her hands two very pretty portfolios for her drawings, and a very fine gold 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|L. Muhlbach
British Dictionary definitions for etui
/ (ɛˈtwiː) /
noun plural étuis
a small usually ornamented case for holding needles, cosmetics, or other small articles
Word Origin for étui
C17: from French, from Old French estuier to enclose; see tweezers
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