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Meaning of "au fait" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD AU FAIT

Literally: to the point.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF AU FAIT

au fait  [o fɛ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF AU FAIT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Au fait is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES AU FAIT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of au fait in the English dictionary

The definition of au fait in the dictionary is fully informed; in touch or expert.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE AU FAIT

au
au contraire
au courant
au fond
au gratin
au jus
au lait
au naturel
au pair
au revoir
aua
aubade
Aube
Auber
auberge
aubergine
aubergiste
Aubervilliers
aubretia

WORDS THAT END LIKE AU FAIT

ait
au lait
await
bait
Bering Strait
character trait
extrait
gait
jailbait
krait
Kuwait
lie in wait
parfait
plait
portrait
self-portrait
strait
trait
wait
whitebait

Synonyms and antonyms of au fait in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «au fait» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF AU FAIT

Find out the translation of au fait to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of au fait from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «au fait» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

金既成事实
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

au fait
570 millions of speakers

English

au fait
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

Au हुआ बात
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

الاتحاد الافريقي الأمر الواقع
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

сведущим
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

au fait
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আউ কুনার
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

au fait
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Au courant
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

au fait
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

auの既成事実
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

누구나 당연
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Au courant
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

au fait
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

Au courant
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

औ कुरिंत
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Au courant
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

au fait
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

au fait
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

обізнаним
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

au fait
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κατατοπισμένοι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

op hoogte
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

au fait
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

au fait
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of au fait

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «AU FAIT»

The term «au fait» is quite widely used and occupies the 32.394 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «AU FAIT» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about au fait

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «AU FAIT»

Discover the use of au fait in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to au fait and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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A Dictionary of Idioms: French and English
Quand ce viendra au fait et au prendre, il nous abandonnera. Je fus alors au fait. (Gil Bios.) Elle nous mit au fait en deux mots. (Gil Bios.) Inès seule était au fait. ( GilBlas.) Elle n'avait pas manqué de les mettre au fait. (Diable boiteux.) Je suis à  ...
William A. Bellenger, 1830
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Speaking Better French: More Key Words and Expressions
Au fait is part of the oral language. Here are some examples: Au fait, qu'est-ce qui est arrivé hier chez vous ? By the way, what was it that happened yesterday at your house / what happened yesterday at your house. Au fait, pourquoi est-il ...
Saul H. Rosenthal, 2008
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Colomba: Edited with Notes Grammatical, Etymological, and ...
Er wird ihm ailes gesagt haben. — Haut is an adj. used as a subst. ; it was formerly written hait, and originally ait, fr. L. adj. altum. 7 Par le bas = by the lower road. See note on p. 24, 1. 29. 13 Lorsqu'elle les eut mis au fait d«=when she had ac- ...
Prosper Mérimée, 1882
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French Key Words and Expressions: The Combined Book
Heʼs stupid, and whatʼs more, he has a bad character / and whatʼs more, heʼs foultempered. au fait aller au fait en venir au fait être au fait mettre quelquʼun au fait The short expression au fait means by the way, and you would use it just as ...
Saul H. Rosenthal, 2009
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Molière: A Drama in Prose, with English Notes and Notice on ...
'Pas de bruit, point de cérémonies, point du tout.' 2 Je lui dirai son fait, moi : I will teH her a piece of my mind, I will. Idiomatic expressions : — ' racontez-lui nos faits et gestes,' tell him our sayings and doings ; ' venez au fait,' corne to the point ...
George Sand, Theodore Karcher, 1868
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William Shakespeare
Etc. — C'est pourquoi les athéniens lui élevèrent une statue sur la place Céramique, avec cette inscription : A Chrysippe, qui savait tout. Aux environs de ce temps-là, Sophocle écrivait l'OEdipe roi. Et Aristote croyait au fait d'Andron d' Argos, ...
Victor Hugo, 1880
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The Royal Phraseological English-French, French-English ...
Erposons d'abord le fait, firlt nf al]. let us Iay down the filet. Voilà lefait, snob is the fuct—the case—the question. Vous vous e'cartez du fait, you go from the point— finm the question. Venons au fait, le! un came tn lhe point—t0 the questi0n.
John Charles Tarver, 1867
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Colombo
Er viird ihm alles gesagt haben. — Haut is an adj. used as a subst. ; it was formerly written halt, and originally alt, fr. L. adj. altum. 7 Par le bas = bythe lower road. See note on p. 24,. 1. 29. 18 Lorsqu'elle les eut mis au fait da=when she had ao- ...
Prosper Mérimée, Philip Honoré Ernest Brette, 1890
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An Elementary French Grammar for Colleges, High Schools and ...
Je voulais partir, mais je n'ai pu le faire. Fait, m. Un fait accompli. Venir au fait, passer au fait. Prendre qqn. sur le fait. Par voie de fait. Pour la beauté du fait. Être au fait d'une chose. Question de fait ; point de fait. C'est justement votre fait. Dire  ...
Jean Gustave Keetels, 1901
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Du Singe Au Superman: L'evolution D'Adam Et Eve, À Partir Du ...
Ces versets coraniques assimilent le fait qu'Allah ressuscite la terre après sa mort au fait qu'il ressuscite les morts. De même, ils montrent qu'Allah va ressusciter les morts selon une manière semblable à la technique de ressusciter la terre ...
Jamal Nassar Hussein, Jamal Nassar Hussein / Traduit Par VartéNie Pamboukian, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «AU FAIT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term au fait is used in the context of the following news items.
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Review could see Skipton Police move to CDC offices
But for those not au fait with social media, there is also Neighbourhoood Watch, Rural Watch and Farm Watch. Mrs Mulligan is also looking into ... «Craven Herald, Jul 15»
2
Defence deparment's DIE killed-off after a day
Mr Spouse told his colleagues in Defence's finance group, (CFOG, FYI) they were expected to be au fait with the new lingo ASAP so it could be ... «Busselton Dunsborough Mail, Jul 15»
3
'A fractious lot': Anatomy of (another) coup in Lesotho
What has changed, according to one au fait with government finances, is the extent of the cash being thrown around by the political players. «Daily Maverick, Jul 15»
4
Banking inquiry: I accept responsibility for crisis, I am sorry for hurt it …
I certainly was the person most au fait with the workings of Cabinet. I am a qualified accountant. It is a question of political leadership and ... «Irish Independent, Jul 15»
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Prepare to DIE, Defence public servants told
Mr Spouse told his colleagues in Defence's finance group, (CFOG, FYI) that they were expected to be au fait with the new lingo ASAP so it ... «The Canberra Times, Jul 15»
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Shorten stumbles on border merger
I mean, this is obviously a subject of which (immigration spokesman) Richard Marles and the rest of the team are au fait.” The policy was voted ... «The Australian, Jul 15»
7
Banco Santander and Monitise form fintech joint venture
For example, banks understand regulation while IT companies are more au fait with developing software around customer needs. Speaking at ... «ComputerWeekly.com, Jul 15»
8
Learning Mandarin no walk in park for foreigner
Becoming au fait with the common courtesies, as well as being able to greet, count and haggle in the lingua franca are, as any traveller will ... «Shanghai Daily, Jul 15»
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Court says drug-dealing policeman's rights breached during interr...
... time of commission of the offence and would therefore have been au fait with the implications of releasing a statement during interrogation. «MaltaToday, Jul 15»
10
​6 reasons everyone should be playing tennis
... tournament in the world and we boast the (currently ranked) third best player of it in the world, we Brits are not terribly au fait with tennis. «Western Morning News, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Au fait [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/au-fait>. Oct 2022 ».
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