au courant

adjective
au cou·rant | \ˌō-ku̇-ˈräⁿ \

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

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

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The decade's combination of free-form and mod feels forever resonant—particularly when aesthetics are tweaked to play up au courant trends. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Fendi Gives the Couture Cat Eye a Bold New Runway Spin," 4 July 2018 The au courant way to have traveled to the party was on one's own boat. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside a Hamptons Sex Party for the Elite," 29 June 2016 Outside, enjoy two pools, three tennis courts, the beach and bicycle rentals; inside, the vibe may be hacienda retro, but the tech is au courant, with multiple in-wall USB outlets, 65-inch Smart HDTVs and Nespresso machines. Jeanne Cooper, SFChronicle.com, "Suite Spot: Four Seasons emerges refreshed after Santa Barbara fires," 11 June 2018 The 404-room hotel has an au courant, spacious design and at least a half-dozen outdoor patios. Jim Byers, chicagotribune.com, "Toronto's hotel scene heats up with 4 exciting newcomers," 7 June 2018 The new Blade features a 15.6-inch screen using the au courant bezel-less look. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands-on: Razer's redesigned Blade is the most powerful 15-inch laptop in town," 22 May 2018 Recently, the beer panel tasted 20 examples of American brown ale, which is something of an afterthought in a beer culture awash in more au courant styles. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Brown Ales May Be Unfashionable, but the Style Is Timeless," 5 Jan. 2018 Of course, this year's au courant roster boasts plenty of recognizable names from Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Aspen, and more. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Six Houston socials listed among nation's 100 'best party hosts' by the Salonniere," 4 Apr. 2018 The pink in the living and dining areas, for example, just felt au courant — like the right pink for the moment. Barbara King, House Beautiful, "Jamie Drake on Creating the 2013 Designer Visions Apartment," 8 Nov. 2013

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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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au courant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of au courant

: knowing about the newest information, trends, etc.

: stylish or current

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