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 (ā′to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)
n. Music
1. A piece composed for the development of a specific point of technique.
2. A composition featuring a point of technique but performed because of its artistic merit.

[French étude, from Old French estudie, study; see study.]
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(ˈeɪtjuːd; French etyd)
(Classical Music) a short musical composition for a solo instrument, esp one designed as an exercise or exploiting technical virtuosity
[C19: from French: study]
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(ˈeɪ tud, ˈeɪ tyud)

1. a musical composition that practices some point of technique, but is also played for its artistic merit.
[1830–40; < French; see study]
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A study, or exercise, to display technique.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.etude - a short composition for a solo instrument; intended as an exercise or to demonstrate technical virtuosity
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
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