an ornamental case for small articles, as needles
Origin of etuiFrench étui ; from Old French estui ; from estuier, to place in a cover, enclose ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form studiare, to treat with care ; from Classical Latin studium: see study
A small, usually ornamental case for holding articles such as needles.
Origin of etuiFrench, from Old French estui, prison, from estuier, to guard, from Vulgar Latin *estudiare, to treat carefully, from Latin studium, study; see study.
- Alternative spelling of étui.