au fait

[ oh fe ]
/ oʊ ˈfɛ /

adjective French.

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

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Origin of au fait

literally, to the fact

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British Dictionary definitions for au fait

au fait

/ French (o fɛ, English əʊ ˈfeɪ) /

adjective

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

adj.

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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