étude

noun
\ ˈā-ˌtüd How to pronounce étude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

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

Examples of étude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the etude inspired by Native American Margaret Bradshaw’s My World is Not Flat, a playful Pueblo dance song comes up now and then. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 10 Mar. 2021 So far, Wingfield has released a handful of etudes. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2020 After Barker’s tour through the obstacle course of Gubaidulina etudes, Manuel de Falla’s radiant Concerto for harpsichord, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin and cello ended the concert with a carnival of sound. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Oct. 2019 Within minutes, Michael Smith of San Francisco took a seat at the piano in the Garden of Fragrance and began pounding out an etude by Philip Glass. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, 12 July 2019 Unfortunately, many of the pieces lack the crisp bite of the etudes. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, 5 June 2018 Rather like the Ligeti etudes, Beethoven’s towering Sonata No. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, 7 Mar. 2018 Ligeti wrote three final etudes by 2001, but even without them Aimard’s third collection stands as one of the most authoritative, bracing documents of the works today. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, 23 Feb. 2018 The vast estuaries where abstraction and representation blend, where art-star status and starving-artist street cred commingle, meld and cohere in the show's etudes on charcoal hues, obsidian, tar, gunmetal, fog and silver. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, 7 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of étude

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for étude

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

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“étude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A9tude. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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