from The Century Dictionary.

  • An abbreviation of journal; of journey; of journeyman.
  • noun Day.
  • noun [Mod. F., pron. zhör.] In decorative art, an opening forming part of a design.
  • noun In lace-making, one of the regular meshes of the ground. See à jour.
  • noun A colloquial abbreviation of journeyman: as, a jour printer; to work as a jour.


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  • Duclos and De Bernis, who never missed a single Sunday, she would say to the first, with a light air, "_Bon jour, Duclos_;" to the second, with an air and voice more amiable, "_Bon jour_, abbé:" accompanying her words occasionally with a little tap on his cheek.

    International Miscellany of Literature, Art and Science, Vol. 1, No. 3, Oct. 1, 1850 Various

  • Jouvert originates from the French word 'jour ouvert,' meaning daybreak or morning, and signals the start of Carnival.

    Fat Tuesday Festivities 2011

  • I use the distinction because the word "journalism" contains the French word jour, which means day, and there is a time quality, a temporal quality to journalism as opposed to literature, poetry.

    In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines 1989

  • The very name by which they used to be called, journal, seems to tell us that, for it comes from the French word "jour," meaning "a day."

    English Literature for Boys and Girls

  • I mean c'mon ... their savior du jour is carbon credits?

    Latest global warming idea (Jack Bog's Blog) 2009

  • Ann Leckie on So, the scuffle-du-jour is Scalzi's scolding.

    December 2009 2009

  • From the general description given in this article, either system for filling a Senate vacancy seems relatively fair – but switching back and forth to fit a specific party's interest du jour is not.

    Kennedy urges immediate Senate replacement if vacancy occurs 2009

  • That they have so arranged things that people can even imagine that they are needed to be always at the ready to guide our nation through the next crisis in its never-ending war against whatever the fake enemy du jour is today, is the best proof that these folks are the opposite of indispensible.

    Matthew Yglesias » Against Appointed Senators 2009

  • None of today's news organizations do any real investigative journalism – they simply quote whoever their favorite politician/celebrity-du-jour is and rush to write the next story.

    Networks respond to false Fox ad 2009

  • Is Twelve then going to literally be 12 so we get madcap adventures where everyone thinks his companion du jour is his mum and nobody takes him seriously?

    One nice thing about the new Doctor... elevenseyebrows 2009


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