One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short musical composition, typically for one instrument, designed as an exercise to improve the technique or demonstrate the skill of the player.
task, piece of work, problem, assignment, piece of school work, piece of homeworkView synonyms
- ‘It is an étude for violin and piano.’
- ‘Does anyone know if the scores for these piano études have been published?’
Mid 19th century: from French, literally ‘study’.
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