Pronunciation: (ā'tOOd, ā'tyOOd, ā-tOOd', ā-tyOOd'; Fr. ā-tyd'), [key]
—pl. é•tudesPronunciation: (ā'tOOdz, ā'tyOOdz, ā-tOOdz', ā-tyOOdz'; Fr. ā-tyd'). [key]
1. a musical composition, usually instrumental, intended mainly for the practice of some point of technique.
2. study1 (def. 12).
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