or e·twee

[ ey-twee, et-wee ]
/ eɪˈtwi, ˈɛt wi /

noun, plural e·tuis.

a small, often decorative case, especially one for needles, toilet articles, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. etsy,
  2. etta,
  3. ettarre,
  4. ettin,
  5. etude,
  6. etv,
  7. ety.,
  8. etym.,
  9. etymological,
  10. etymologicon

Origin of etui

1605–15; < French étui, Old French estui holder, noun derivative of estuier to keep < Vulgar Latin *studiāre to treat with care Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for etwee


/ (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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Word Origin and History for etwee



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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