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n. pl. é·tuis (ā-twēz′)
A small, usually ornamental case for holding articles such as needles.

[French, from Old French estui, prison, from estuier, to guard, from Vulgar Latin *estudiāre, to treat carefully, from Latin studium, study; see study.]


n, pl étuis
(Clothing & Fashion) a small usually ornamented case for holding needles, cosmetics, or other small articles
[C17: from French, from Old French estuier to enclose; see tweezers]


(eɪˈtwi, ˈɛt wi)

n., pl. e•tuis.
a small, often decorative case, esp. one for needles, toilet articles, or the like.
[1605–15; < French étui, Old French estui holder, n. derivative of estuier to keep < Vulgar Latin *studiāre to treat with care]
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Noun1.etui - small ornamental ladies' bag for small articles
handbag, purse, bag, pocketbook - a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women); "she reached into her bag and found a comb"
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Des etuis de balles ont ete trouves a proximite de la voiture ainsi qu'un vehicule modele Estaffette a 1 km de la scene du crime contenant egalement des etuis de balles et des traces de sang, a precise le porte-parole, indiquant qu'une enquete a ete ouverte pour determiner les causes du crime.
beaucoup moins que] Ces outils doivent etre places hors de la portee des enfants, ne mettez jamais vos couteaux et haches a meme le sol, ils doivent etre conserves dans leurs etuis, et ne jamais utilise une meuleuse pour affuter et affiler les couteaux en presence d'enfants (risque de projection d'eclats) [beaucoup plus grand que], a explique la meme source.
Contract notice: Delivery of coin etuis 2015 for the coin austria ag.
Elle fabrique les boites, les presentoirs, les etuis et les caisses en carton micro ondule.
Bolt, lui, fait mine de mixer de la musique et range ses deux "flingues" le long des jambes, dans leurs etuis fictifs.
There were patch boxes, boxes for trinkets and jewellery, boxes for snuff, bonbonnieres (for holding scented cachous) and etuis (used to keep tweezers, scissors and such items in), all of which had a colourful picture on the lid.
The Georgian era saw the advent of more delicate tools, sometimes housed in the small fitted cases called etuis.
Given his need for books and his need to change living quarters repeatedly, this must have meant that, in addition to his own entourage and his "security escort," he traveled with an increasingly large baggage train (perhaps making use of les grands etuis brought to him from France, augmented by local purchases of luggage, chests, and crates).
1971-1972): "Les etuis porte-amulettes carthaginois", Karthago, 16, pp.