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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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • 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


noun plural étuis
  1. a small usually ornamented case for holding needles, cosmetics, or other small articles
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Word Origin

C17: from French, from Old French estuier to enclose; see tweezers
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Word Origin and History for etui


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.

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