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étude

[ey-tood, ey-tyood, ey-tood, ey-tyood; French ey-tyd] /ˈeɪ tud, ˈeɪ tyud, eɪˈtud, eɪˈtyud; French eɪˈtüd/
noun, plural études
[ey-toodz, ey-tyoodz, ey-toodz, ey-tyoodz; French ey-tyd] /ˈeɪ tudz, ˈeɪ tyudz, eɪˈtudz, eɪˈtyudz; French eɪˈtüd/ (Show IPA)
1.
a musical composition, usually instrumental, intended mainly for the practice of some point of technique.
2.
study (def 12).
Origin of étude
1830-1840
1830-40; < French; see study
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British Dictionary definitions for etude

étude

/ˈeɪtjuːd; French etyd/
noun
1.
a short musical composition for a solo instrument, esp one designed as an exercise or exploiting technical virtuosity
Word Origin
C19: from French: study
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Word Origin and History for etude
n.

1837, from French étude, literally "study," from Old French estudie (12c.), from Latin studium (see study). Popularized in English by the etudes of Chopin (1810-1849).

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