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etui

or e·twee

[ 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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étui
/ (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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