- the line along the earth's surface upon or over which a vessel, an aircraft, etc., proceeds: described by its bearing with relation to true or magnetic north.
- a point of the compass.
verb (used with object), coursed, cours·ing.
verb (used without object), coursed, cours·ing.
- certainly; definitely: Of course I'll come to the party.
- in the usual or natural order of things: Extra services are charged for, of course.
Origin of course
Related formsmul·ti·course, nounun·der·course, verb, un·der·coursed, un·der·cours·ing, noun
British Dictionary definitions for of course
- the path or channel along which something movesthe course of a river
- (in combination)a watercourse
- a prescribed number of lessons, lectures, etc, in an educational curriculum
- the material covered in such a curriculum
- a hunt by hounds relying on sight rather than scent
- a match in which two greyhounds compete in chasing a hare
- (adverb) as expected; naturally
- (sentence substitute) certainly; definitely
Word Origin for course
Idioms and Phrases with of course (1 of 2)
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.”
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)
In addition to the idiom beginning with course
- course of true love never ran smoothly, the
- crash course
- in due course
- matter of course
- of course
- par for the course
- run its course
- stay the course