Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small, usually ornamental case for holding articles such as needles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, ornamental bag or rigid container used for holding articles such as needles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A case for one or several small articles; esp., a box in which scissors, tweezers, and other articles of toilet or of daily use are carried.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small case, especially one of ornamental character and intended to contain delicate or costly objects.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small ornamental ladies' bag for small articles

Etymologies

French, from Old French estui, prison, from estuier, to guard, from Vulgar Latin *estudiāre, to treat carefully, from Latin studium, study; see study.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French étui. (Wiktionary)

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