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noun \ˈā-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of étude

  1. 1 :  a piece of music for the practice of a point of technique

  2. 2 :  a composition built on a technical motive but played for its artistic value

Origin and Etymology of étude

French, literally, study, from Middle French estude, estudie, from Old French — more at study

First Known Use: circa 1837

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