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courant

[koo r-uh nt for 1; koo-rahnt, French koo-rahn for 2] /ˈkʊər ənt for 1; kʊˈrɑnt, French kuˈrɑ̃ for 2/
adjective
1.
Heraldry. (of an animal) represented in the act of running:
a greyhound courant.
noun
2.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < French: literally, running, masculine present participle of courir to run; cf. current
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  • It was necessary to keep him au courant with the movements of the army and to invent military bulletins.
  • In contrast, the newest hypothesis--so au courant it's still being formulated--attributes the bounty of species to geology.
  • The au courant crowd is uprooting and moving closer to far-flung families.
Word Origin and History for courant
n.

"newspaper" (now only in names of newspapers), from French courant, literally "running," present participle of courir "to run" (see current (adj.)).

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