en clair

adverb or adjective
\ äⁿ-ˈkler How to pronounce en clair (audio) \

Definition of en clair

: in plain language a message sent en clair

First Known Use of en clair

circa 1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for en clair

French, in clear

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The first known use of en clair was circa 1897

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“En clair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en%20clair. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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