Definition of etui in English:

etui

nounetuis

dated
  • 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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

etui

/ɛˈtwiː/