étui

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French étui.

Noun[edit]

étui (plural étuis)

  1. A small, ornamental bag or rigid container used for holding articles such as needles.
    • 1855, Sir Richard Burton, Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah, Dover 1964, p. 26 n.:
      Secondly, glass bottles are useless: the drugs should be stowed away in tin or wooden boxes, such as the natives of the country use, and when a phial is required, it must be fitted into an étui of some kind.
    • 1972, Vladimir Nabokov, Transparent Things, McGraw-Hill 1972, p. 13:
      And what about that comb in a real-leather etui, what about, what about it – oh, it would get fouled up in no time and it would take an hour of work to remove the grime from between its tight teeth [...].

French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French estui, from estuier (keep, hold), itself possibly from Vulgar Latin *studiāre, from Latin studium.

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Noun[edit]

étui m (plural étuis)

  1. case (for glasses, cigars, a viola)
  2. holster (for a gun)
  3. cover (for an umbrella)
  4. cartridge (of a bullet)

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