Definition of étude in English:

étude

noun

  • A short musical composition, typically for one instrument, designed as an exercise to improve the technique or demonstrate the skill of the player.

    • ‘Does anyone know if the scores for these piano études have been published?’
    • ‘It is an étude for violin and piano.’
    task, piece of work, problem, assignment, piece of school work, piece of homework
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from French, literally study.

Pronunciation:

étude

/āˈt(y)o͞od/