from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Small pincers, usually of metal, used for plucking or handling small objects.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small pincerlike instrument, usually made of metal, used for handling or picking up small objects (such as postage stamps), plucking out (plucking) hairs, pulling out slivers, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Small pinchers used to pluck out hairs, and for other purposes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An instrument, resembling diminutive tongs, for grasping and holding; intended for taking up very small objects, plucking out hairs, etc. Also called volsella.
- Same as tweeze, 1.
From obsolete tweezes, pl. of tweeze, a case for tweezers or other small instruments, alteration of etweese, from French étuis, pl. of étui; see étui.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
17th century (1645–55): plural of tweeser (on the model of nippers, pincers, pliers or scissors), from obsolete tweeze ("case for small instruments") (or alternatively, alteration of plural form tweezes), aphetic form of earlier etweese (plural of etwee), from French étuis, plural of French étui ("case, box, cover") (from Old French estui ("container, prison")), noun derivative of Old French étuier (earlier spelling, Old French estuier ("to shut up, guard, keep, preserve, save, enclose, place in a cover")), probably from Vulgar Latin *estudiāre (“to keep, treat with care”) or Vulgar Latin *studiāre, from Latin studēre ("to care about"). (Wiktionary)