Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

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