Etude meaning

āto͝od, -tyo͝od
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(music) A short piece of music, designed to give a soloist performer practice in a particular area or skill.
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A musical composition for a solo instrument, designed to give practice in some special point of technique, but often performed for its artistic worth.
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A piece composed for the development of a specific point of technique.
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A composition featuring a point of technique but performed because of its artistic merit.
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Origin of etude

  • French étude from Old French estudie study study

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the around the year 1837, from French étude (meaning "study") from the Latin word studium (meaning "spirit", "devotion" or "study").

    From Wiktionary