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étui

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Etymology

From French étui.

Noun

Singular
étui

Plural
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  1. A small, ornamental bag 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.

French

Etymology

Old French estui, from estuier (keep, hold).

Pronunciation

Noun

étui m. (plural étuis)

  1. case (for glasses, cigars, viola)
  2. holster (for gun)
  3. cover (for umbrella)

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