One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Topical interest, relevance, immediacy.
2British"to be economical with the actualité" = to be economical with the truth.
3An event from real life, a news item; (in plural) news, current affairs. Also: a work representing or recording such an event, especially a (short) documentary film.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Thackeray (1811–1863), novelist. From French actualité relevance, reality, current affairs, (in plural) news, specific senses (after actuel) of actualité.
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