#35. au courant
(9 letters | 3 syllables)
adj| being up to particular standard or level especially in being up to date in knowledge.
First known use 1762 (Georgian Era)
- Simple Definition of au courant
- knowing about the newest information, trends, etc.
- stylish or current
Full Definition of au courant
1 : fully informed : up-to-date
- b : fashionable, stylish
- fully familiar
Origin and Etymology of au courant:
French, literally, in the current
First Known Use: 1762
Definition of au courant in English
- Aware of what is going on; well informed:
“they were au courant with the literary scene”
“frocks with au courant details like ruching and asymmetrical hemlines”
Mid 18th century: from French, literally ‘in the (regular) course’.
au courant (adj.)
“aware of current events,” 1762, French, literally “with the current” (see current (n.).
“newspaper” (now only in names of newspapers), from French courant, literally “running,” present participle of courir “to run” (see current (adj.)
au cou•rant /ˌoʊ kʊˈrã/ adj.
[be + ~]Those fashions are au courant.
fully aware or familiar
[be + ~ + with]is au courant with the latest trends.
au cou•rant (ō′ kŏŏ rän′; Fr. ō ko̅o̅ rän′),
fully aware or familiar;
Etymology: French: literally, in the current
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
au courant french: /o kurɑ̃/
up-to-date, esp in knowledge of current affairs
Etymology: literally: in the current
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Au Courant (French),
“acquainted with” (lit.=in the current [of events]). To keep one au courant of everything that passes, is to keep one familiar with, or informed of, passing events
Phrase: au courant
Meaning: up to date
Language of Origin: French
Additional Information: Has connotations of “in the know” or “with it”.
Example: “She’s quite au courant compared her sister.”
common, current, routine, stream.