au courant

au cou·​rant | \ ˌō-ku̇-ˈräⁿ How to pronounce au courant (audio) \

Definition of au courant

1a : fully informed : up-to-date trying to stay au courant
b : fashionable, stylish au courant outfits
2 : fully familiar : conversant

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Examples of au courant in a Sentence

I try to stay au courant with the latest developments in the industry. au courant filmgoers have dismissed Hollywood's latest effects-laden actioner as so last year
Recent Examples on the Web The series ups the ante, maybe because spoofing something published in 2011 would not feel as au courant in 2021. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "Made for Love Puts a Marriage Under the Microscope," 8 Apr. 2021 There were plenty of more au courant style moments happening too, as this season’s audience-free Paris Fashion Week drew to a close with spectacular shows from Dior and Louis Vuitton. Samantha Sussman, Vogue, "This Week in Images: Lady Gaga Transforms and International Women’s Day Inspires," 13 Mar. 2021 Then consider the time consuming workload of making a list and checking it twice, and there’s no way Santa’s got time to stay au courant. Sally Schwartz Higginson,, "Column: Santa Claus needs a work-from-home fashion makeover. I’m here to help.," 7 Dec. 2020 What emerges in all this back-and-forth is more than just a banal dispute over whose musical style is more au courant. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "In ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ Chadwick Boseman gives his final and finest performance (review)," 25 Nov. 2020 Most brands at the pinnacle of the luxury pyramid have made a mission of chasing younger and more-diverse consumers by dabbling in streetwear or athleisure or by partnering with the most au courant hipster that social media can uncover. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The creative mind behind Valentino believes we all need beauty now — even if we can’t afford it.," 16 Nov. 2020 My husband Brian describes me as not just not au courant (inside the current) but downright hors de courant (out of the current). Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Fisher-Paulson: In the woke era, I am happy being the cool kid’s dad," 18 Aug. 2020 Fifteen years ago, gay adoption wasn’t au courant, and most counties had not yet updated the forms. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Fisher-Paulson: As Mother’s Day approaches, a new puppy brings a reason to celebrate," 5 May 2020 Parker Posey and Alan Cumming play perfect corporate villains, and almost every scene is suffused with ostentatious subliminal advertising, with au courant brand names crowding the frame. David Sims, The Atlantic, "30 Underrated Films You Should Revisit," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of au courant

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for au courant

French, literally, in the current

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The first known use of au courant was in 1762

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16 Apr 2021

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“Au courant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of au courant

: knowing about the newest information, trends, etc.
: stylish or current

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