course

[ kawrs, kohrs ]
/ kɔrs, koʊrs /

noun

verb (used with object), coursed, cours·ing.

verb (used without object), coursed, cours·ing.

Idioms

    in due course, in the proper or natural order of events; eventually: They will get their comeuppance in due course.
    of course,
    1. certainly; definitely: Of course I'll come to the party.
    2. in the usual or natural order of things: Extra services are charged for, of course.

Origin of course

1250–1300; Middle English co(u)rs (noun) < Anglo-French co(u)rs(e), Old French cours < Latin cursus “a running, course,” equivalent to cur(rere) “to run” + -sus, variant of -tus suffix of verb action

Related forms

mul·ti·course, nounun·der·course, verb, un·der·coursed, un·der·cours·ing, noun

Can be confused

coarse course curse
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British Dictionary definitions for of course

course

/ (kɔːs) /

noun


verb

See also courses

Word Origin for course

C13: from Old French cours, from Latin cursus a running, from currere to run
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Idioms and Phrases with of course (1 of 2)

of course

1

In the customary or expected order, naturally, as in The new minister did not, of course, fire the church secretary. This usage, first recorded in 1548, employs course in the sense of “ordinary procedure.”


2

Certainly, as in Of course I'll answer the phone, or Are you going to the meeting?—Of course. [Early 1800s] Also see matter of course.

Idioms and Phrases with of course (2 of 2)

course

In addition to the idiom beginning with course

  • course of true love never ran smoothly, the

also see:

  • crash course
  • in due course
  • matter of course
  • of course
  • par for the course
  • run its course
  • stay the course

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