du jour

\dü-ˈzhər, də-, -ˈzhu̇r, -ˈzhür\

Definition of du jour 

1 : made for a particular day used of an item not specified on the regular menu soup du jour

2 : popular, fashionable, or prominent at a particular time the buzzword du jour

Examples of du jour in a Sentence

Our soup du jour is chicken noodle. Long hair was the style du jour.

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Vargas warns that mineral oil is a chronic offender, and Dr. Tanzi adds that olive oil and the oil du jour, coconut, easily clog pores, too. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 Environmental justice has become the topic du jour since a new state law explicitly authorized the commission to consider not only impacts to the environment when making decisions, but also impacts on underrepresented communities. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "A beach behind lock and key is turning into a fight over social justice in California," 9 July 2018 Couturiers Went High After seasons of nonstop talk about streetwear and athleisure, haute couture for men suddenly became the topic du jour in Paris. Vogue, "The 11 Menswear Moments That Mattered From the Spring 2019 Season," 26 June 2018 And retreats for the hot workout du jour The Class by Taryn Toomey have all sold out, often within one hour. Kelli Kennedy, chicagotribune.com, "From celeb trainer workouts to cruises, 'wellness travel' is booming - and bringing in big money," 7 June 2018 The renovation will also add a terrace on the roof, the amenity du jour in New York. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Equitable Building, Spur for Modern Zoning, Will Get a $50 Million Face-Lift," 20 Mar. 2018 But that takes a special effort with clients such as Chimens Point du Jour, 57, who worked as a high school administrator in Haiti but speaks limited English and tested positive for HIV in 2016 during a routine checkup at Armas's clinic. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "‘We’re in a mess.’ Why Florida is struggling with an unusually severe HIV/AIDS problem," 13 June 2018 Another good pick is the quiche du jour (baked daily) served with a side salad ($13). James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Idaho chef Bacquet is back again, this time featuring European fare in Eagle," 8 June 2018 And retreats for the hot workout du jour The Class by Taryn Toomey have all sold out, often within one hour. Washington Post, "Wellness travel: It’s more than just staying fit on the road," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of du jour

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for du jour

French, literally, of the day

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English Language Learners Definition of du jour

: served in a restaurant as a special item on a particular day

: happening or popular at a particular time

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playful or foolish behavior

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