Definition of étude
1 : a piece of music for the practice of a point of technique
2 : a composition built on a technical motive but played for its artistic value
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Korepanova will play a marathon recital containing all the piano etudes of Liszt on June 16.
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Origin and Etymology of étude
French, literally, study, from Middle French estude, estudie, from Old French — more at study
First Known Use: 1826
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