Definitions

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  • adv. Indicates enthusiastic agreement.
  • adv. Acknowledges the validity of the associated phrase.
  • adv. Asserts that the associated phrase should not be argued, particularly if it is obvious or there is no choice in the matter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. by consequence; as a matter of course; in regular or natural order.

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

  • adv. as might be expected

Etymologies

From literal meaning "of the ordinary course of events". Oldest attestation as "of course" from the 1540s, but previously used in the same sense as "by course" (then-spelled "bi cours", sic) since ca. 1300. (Source: Etymonline.com) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Others who visited Stuey during his three-week stay at the Horseshoe included Phil Earle, Phil Hellmuth, Bob Stupak, and of course Billy Baxter.

    One of a Kind

  • The number of students was of course very small, but Bishop Purcell had to rely on this little band to help him in his work.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Originally the word scribe meant "scrivener"; but rapidly it was accepted as a matter of course that the scribe who copies the Law knows the Law best, and is its most qualified expounder: accordingly the word came to mean more than it implies etymologically.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • A special page offered stickers with logos of five companies that use blue as their corporate color: Cap Gemini, Volvo, Spa, Diners Club, and of course KLM.

    Experiential Marketing

  • The solemn entrance of the celebrant as he proceeded from the sacristy to the altar was of course a procession on a smaller scale, but this also is minutely described in the first "Ordo".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Pressed in the Commons by Labour's deputy leader, Harriet Harman, to accede to a public inquiry, Clegg said: "If there are wider issues that need to be looked at once the police investigation is complete, of course we can return to them."

    David Cameron under growing pressure to hold public phone-hacking inquiry

  • When one of them fired at me I took a dive into the field, and of course your"—he visibly cut off the word damn out of respect for a lady's presence—"your San Francisco fields are more like taking a dive over a cliff.

    Ishmael

  • Teather said: "To get a child to be school ready, in a lot of people's minds, is about getting them to sit still in rows and hold a pen, and of course that's not what it's about, it's making sure that children are resilient enough to be able to cope at school."

    Parents set to benefit from changes to free childcare

  • It is of course self-evident that poverty should not degenerate into wretchedness, which is no less an abundant source of moral dangers than is excessive wealth.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Even the dopey principal in The Breakfast Club, when addressing the group serving detention, derisively calls them all “girls,” when there are of course only two “real” girls present Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy.

    Dont You Forget About Me

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