Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A piece of music in triple time.
  • n. A lively dance; a coranto.
  • n. A circulating gazette of news; a newspaper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Represented as running; -- said of a beast borne in a coat of arms.
  • n. A piece of music in triple time; also, a lively dance; a coranto.
  • n. A circulating gazette of news; a newspaper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Running: in heraldry, specifically said of a horse, stag, or other beast so represented. See currant, current.
  • n. A running-string.
  • n. A kind of dance, consisting of a time, a step, a balance, and a coupee.
  • n. A piece of music taking its rhythm and form from such a dance.
  • n. A piece in triple time and with many runs and passages. The first form was much used as a component of the old-fashioned suite, usually following the allemande, while the second is the commoner Italian form.
  • n. A gazette; a news-letter or newspaper.

Etymologies

French courante. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What's also au courant is Zuill Bailey, professor of cello at the University of Texas-El Paso.

    National Philharmonic offers fresh Dvorák

  • I never saw her reading anything but the "courant," (newspaper) or the Margriet magazine, but she was always ready for a rousing game of "Mens Erger je Niet" (Ludo).

    Oma

  • My to-do list is basically au courant for the first time in a while.

    Beware the Ides of ZZzzzz… : Bev Vincent

  • I learned some new words, fiérot and prise de courant, and foncer sur.

    ebouriffe - French Word-A-Day

  • But I do know that the trailer for this au courant thriller from the boys behind the two best Bourne films, star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, is full of kick-ass (trailer embedded after the jump).

    Matt Damon's 'Green Zone': Bad title, awesome trailer | EW.com

  • And so, logically, Maison Pic is well and truly "au courant" with all aspects of 21st Century marketing.

    Christopher Strong: French Cuisine's Feminine Touch

  • We're all waiting with baited breath for your next installment of the panne de courant saga!

    cramer - French Word-A-Day

  • Also: panné (e) = broke (c'est une panné = he's penniless) une panne de courant/d'électricité = power failure une panne de moteur = engine failure

    Savoir Vivre

  • (In an effort to guide the customer to focus on enduring design rather than the au courant, Gilhart is now working with the designer Stefano Pilati of Yves Saint Laurent, who is assembling a new line for Barneys to revive the best styles from the archives of that renowned French design house.)

    Fashion in Dark Times

  • What is great fun with a company like this is to consider one of the older, more traditional patterns in custom colors that make it both unique and au courant.

    Not Your Grandma's Patterned Carpet

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