Meaning of etui in English:


Pronunciation /ɛˈtwiː/

nounplural noun etuis

  • A small ornamental case for holding needles, cosmetics, and other articles.

    as modifier ‘exquisite etui cases fitted with scissors, bodkin, and thimble’
    • ‘Each component had its place in an attractive container, be it a pocket-sized silver case, a leather-covered etui, a wooden box, or a mahogany chest.’
    container, box, canister, cassette, cartridge, receptacle, holder, vessel, repository


Early 17th century from French étui, from Old French estui ‘prison’, from estuier ‘shut up, keep’. Compare with tweezers.