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au courant

[oh koo-rahn; French oh koo-rahn] /ˌoʊ kʊˈrɑ̃; French oʊ kuˌrɑ̃/
adjective
2.
fully aware or familiar; cognizant.
Origin of au courant
< French: literally, in the current
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  • I knew he had never been to Germany before, and was au courant with the harmless nature of his mission.

  • I will do myself the honor to keep you au courant with my history.

    Faithful Margaret Annie Ashmore
  • She has been au courant of the whole affair for the last fortnight—that is, as an on-looker.

    The Marriage of William Ashe Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • We adjourned to the serre, and he put us au courant of everything.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife Mary King Waddington
  • A couple of minutes were sufficient to put him au courant of the real state of things.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • He will keep you au courant, at the same time, tell the name of every settler and settlement, and some good stories to boot.

    Canada and the Canadians Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle
  • But all the fellows depend on me to keep them au courant, as it were.

    The Jester of St. Timothy's Arthur Stanwood Pier
  • He was au courant with local affairs, but much in the dark as regards Stamboul.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • He was disgusted at the state of Turkish policy and put me au courant with much news that helped me and could not damage them.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
British Dictionary definitions for au courant

au courant

/o kurɑ̃/
adjective
1.
up-to-date, esp in knowledge of current affairs
Word Origin
literally: in the current
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Word Origin and History for au courant
adj.

"aware of current events," 1762, French, literally "with the current" (see current (n.)).

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