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
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)