du jour

\ dü-ˈzhər How to pronounce du jour (audio) , də-, -ˈzhu̇r, -ˈzhür \

Definition of du jour

1 : made for a particular day used of an item not specified on the regular menusoup du jour
2 : popular, fashionable, or prominent at a particular time the buzzword du jour

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Examples of du jour in a Sentence

Our soup du jour is chicken noodle. Long hair was the style du jour.
Recent Examples on the Web As the 2020 Carnival torch was lighted in Orange Beach on Saturday night, the director du jour seemed to be none other than Fellini. al, "Masked Observer begins a season of ‘the sweet life’," 7 Feb. 2020 Each of its four floors typically has a different DJ playing variations of the genre du jour: hip-hop on Thursdays, Latin dance on Fridays and a melange of techno, house, Top 40 and retro jams on Saturdays. Dylan Owens, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Denver," 10 Sep. 2019 Oat Milk The alt milk du jour among the barista crowd isn’t sourced from a nut, but rather a grain. Jessica Mordo, Sunset Magazine, "Almond Agriculture Is Bad for Bees—Try These Other Plant-Based Milks," 13 Jan. 2020 The culinary historian Linda Pelaccio chronicles food’s history in a relaxed and conversational style, kicking off each episode with an engaging monologue on the subject du jour before enlisting an expert guest to delve further. New York Times, "6 Podcasts to Feed Your Inner Gourmand," 28 Dec. 2019 In the absence of a precise conceptual formulation of when an organism is alive or dead, the concept of irreversibility depends on the technology du jour, which is constantly evolving. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Is Death Reversible?," 11 Oct. 2019 While all of these lengths are still valid, the low-calf midi seems to stand out as the length du jour. Sharon Graubard, courant.com, "Fashion report: Cool classics for fall," 15 Aug. 2019 And yet that only begins to describe the depths of a program whose athletic department is swimming in red ink, was criticized this year in a report as unprepared to enter the Big Ten and seems to encounter a crisis du jour. New York Times, "In the Gilded Big Ten, Rutgers Is Still a Have-Not," 18 Nov. 2019 To borrow the retort du jour, why should any people at all be a mascot? John Hirschauer, National Review, "In Defense of the Atlanta Braves ‘Tomahawk Chop’ Chant," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Du jour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/du%20jour. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of du jour

: served in a restaurant as a special item on a particular day
formal : happening or popular at a particular time

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