Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informed on current affairs; up-to-date.
  • adj. Fully familiar; knowledgeable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Up to date, informed on the latest developments etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Literally, in the current, that is, of events; well informed in regard to any event or subject.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being up to particular standard or level especially in being up to date in knowledge

Etymologies

French : au, in the + courant, current.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French, from au, in the, courant, current (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Or, to use the neighbour’s au courant phrasing, she was severely traumatised by the event and was, in her neighbour’s judgement, not far from a nervous breakdown.

    A Letter of Mary

  • Those on the qui vive who need to flaunt their with-it-ness in the face of the stodgily au courant have turned to hot, with the extreme of “forwardly fashionable, at the center of attention” expressed as way hot or hot-hot.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • But when something riveting happens you can't allow yourself to get swept up in the drama to the extent that you disregard your pen and notebook, or in the case of my more au courant colleagues in the media, your computer.

    The Perfect Reporter

  • Times, and urging the managers of the latter to send to Paris some fitter and more impartial person, who would be better able to keep the great English newspaper au courant of what was going on below as well as above the surface, than so unscrupulous a person as M. de Blowitz.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

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