Pronounced: SKYOO-uh-morf, noun
Notes: This is probably a good word to learn – if for no other reason that words that contain “e-u-o” are probably pretty rare.
The phrase au courant means
- up-to-date; fully informed
This word came into English in the mid-1700s
Background / Comments
I knew the “up-to-date” meaning; I know I’ve come across the word in reading, but I’m not sure if it was in a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) story, or a Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie) story – it may have even been some other story. However, the fashionable meaning was new to me; thus it has been included. The word, as you might guess, is from the French phrase au courant (literally “in the current”, meaning “knowledgeable” or “up-to-date”). Presumably, the “fashionable” definition was an outgrowth of the ‘up-to-date’ meaning.