noun (plural etuis)dated
A small ornamental case for holding needles, cosmetics, and other articles: [as modifier]: exquisite etui cases fitted with scissors, bodkin, and thimble
More example sentences
- 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.
early 17th century: from French étui, from Old French estui 'prison', from estuier 'shut up, keep'. Compare with tweezers.
Definition of etui in:
- The US English dictionary