or e·twee

[ ey-twee, et-wee ]

noun,plural e·tuis.
  1. a small, often decorative case, especially one for needles, toilet articles, or the like.

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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British Dictionary definitions for étui


/ (ɛˈtwiː) /

nounplural étuis
  1. a small usually ornamented case for holding needles, cosmetics, or other small articles

Origin of étui

C17: from French, from Old French estuier to enclose; see tweezers

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