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Borrowed from French étui.


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 [...].
    • 1995, Thomas Mann, translated from the 1925 German by John E. Woods, "The Magic Mountain", Alfred A. Knopf, 1995, p. 46:
      And from a buff leather etui monogrammed in silver, he extracted one of his Maria Mancinis-- a lovely specimen from the top of the box, flattened on just one side the way he especially liked it [...].



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From Middle French étui, from Old French estui (case, sheath), of uncertain origin.

Possibly a derivative of Old French estuier (keep, hold), itself possibly from Vulgar Latin *studiāre, from Latin studium; or, more likely, of Germanic origin, related to Middle High German stūche (cupping glass). Compare Occitan estug, Spanish estuche.



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)


  • Dutch: etui
  • English: étui
  • Galician: estui
  • German: Etui
  • Ido: etuyo
  • Swedish: etui

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