One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small ornamental case for holding needles, cosmetics, and other articles.
container, box, canister, cassette, cartridge, receptacle, holder, vessel, repositoryView synonyms
- ‘Each component had its place in an attractive container, be it a pocket-sized silver case, a leather-covered etui, a wooden box, or a mahogany chest.’
Early 17th century: from French étui, from Old French estui ‘prison’, from estuier ‘shut up, keep’. Compare with tweezers.
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