au fait

[ oh fe ]
/ oʊ ˈfɛ /

adjective French.

having experience or practical knowledge of a thing; expert; versed.


Nearby words

  1. atypical verrucous endocarditis,
  2. atyrau,
  3. au,
  4. au contraire,
  5. au courant,
  6. au fond,
  7. au gratin,
  8. au jus,
  9. au lait,
  10. au naturel

Origin of au fait

literally, to the fact Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for au fait

au fait

/ French (o fɛ, English əʊ ˈfeɪ) /


fully informed; in touch or expert

Word Origin for au fait

C18: literally: to the point

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Word Origin and History for au fait

au fait


1743, French, "to the point, to the matter under discussion," literally "to the fact," from fait "fact" (see feat). Used in French with sense of "acquainted with the facts."

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