étude [ey-tood, ey-tyood, ey-tood, ey-tyood; French ey-tyd] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural é·tudes [ey-toodz, ey-tyoodz, ey-toodz, ey-tyoodz; French ey-tyd] /ˈeɪ tudz, ˈeɪ tyudz, eɪˈtudz, eɪˈtyudz; French eɪˈtüd/.

  1. a musical composition, usually instrumental, intended mainly for the practice of some point of technique.
  2. study(def 12).

Origin of étude From French, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at study Examples from the Web for etude Historical Examples of etude

  • His “Gradus ad Parnassum” became the parent of Etude literature.

    For Every Music Lover

    Aubertine Woodward Moore

  • Etude sur l’Espece a l’occasion d’une revision de la Famille des Cupuliferes.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin

  • Etude sur les lettres, les arts et lindustrie pendant le quinzime sicle, vol.

    The Story of Bruges

    Ernest Gilliat-Smith

  • Konstantin Diomiditch took his seat at the piano, and played the etude very fairly well.


    Ivan Turgenev

  • Opus 10, No. 5, is the “Black Key” etude, so called because all the notes of the right hand are on black keys.

    The Pianolist

    Gustav Kobb

  • British Dictionary definitions for etude étude noun

    1. a short musical composition for a solo instrument, esp one designed as an exercise or exploiting technical virtuosity

    Word Origin for étude C19: from French: study 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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