Word of the Day – Au Courant

By April 21, 2019 Word of the Day

Au Courant (adj)

ow-ku-ran

Aware of what is going on; well informed.

Fashionable

Mid 18th century: from French, literally ‘in the (regular) course’.

Example sentences

“She was au courant with the literary scene.”

“The show was full of cute necklines and au courant styles.”

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