from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music A piece composed for the development of a specific point of technique.
- n. Music A composition featuring a point of technique but performed because of its artistic merit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short piece of music, designed to give a soloist performer practice in a particular area or skill.
French étude, from Old French estudie, study; see study.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the around the year 1837, from French étude (meaning "study") from the Latin word studium (meaning "spirit", "devotion" or "study"). (Wiktionary)