Definition of du jour in US English:

du jour


  • 1postpositive (of food in a restaurant) available and being served on this day.

    ‘cream of mussel, an occasional soup du jour’
    • ‘The beef stew (the viande du jour, at market price) was as densely packed with rich flavour as the best boeuf bourguignon, though this dark brown gravy was considerably different.’
    • ‘My first dinner there is on a Monday, and the menu lists suckling pig as a plat du jour, available only on weekends.’
    • ‘The table d' hôte, which includes a soupe du jour or a salad, a main dish, dessert and coffee or tea, is a good way to sample a bit of everything.’
    • ‘Following this, main dishes are typically prefaced by salad, a soupe du jour, or moules du chef.’
    • ‘There is serious, smoky gumbo and the obligatory tomato-basil soup du jour, here in a light, fresh version that doesn't depend on buckets of butter and cream to win you over.’
    • ‘He explains that they've only got enough légumes to serve as an accompaniment for the plat du jour.’
    • ‘However the plat du jour is available from noon until 5.30 pm, costing between £4.95 to £7.95.’
    • ‘There was no menu, just the plat du jour then as much fruit, desert and cheese as you wanted.’
    • ‘I'm always eager to sample the rice dishes du jour.’
    • ‘A creamy potato soup du jour struck me, in a good way, as something Mom might give you if you were feeling peckish.’
    • ‘Some would prefer a warm broth, but there's nothing like a tasty chilled soup du jour on a scorching evening.’
    • ‘The simple plastic weave of a café chair, a blackboard chalked with the specials du jour, the cloudy comfort of a cool pastis and the sinuous scent of coffee and fresh-baked bread.’
    • ‘One of the main courses was selected from the list of plats du jour and one from the fish dishes.’
    • ‘Standing next to him, I stared at the two cauldrons of soup du jour, pretending I was trying to figure out which one I wanted.’
    • ‘Traditional French onion soup vied with soup du jour (broccoli and stilton) both priced £2.50.’
    • ‘Halibut with beurre blanc, from the list of plats du jour, may sound unadventurous, but there was nothing dull about it, especially since a subtle hint of fennel enhanced the dish without ever threatening to overpower it.’
    1. 1.1informal Used to describe something that is enjoying great but probably short-lived popularity or publicity.
      ‘attention deficit disorder is the disease du jour’
      • ‘Our daily lives are being planned around when we can perform our ablutions and eat; an army-style shower is now becoming our treat du jour.’
      • ‘My clients don't care so much about who the celebrity is, as they do about finding someone who legitimately and openly has whatever the cause du jour is.’
      • ‘I'll probably tell you all which I think is my browser du jour in a week or so, although of course at the moment I should really be doing coursework.’
      • ‘Instead of maintaining mailing lists through a multiplicity of addresses, people can just subscribe and unsubscribe themselves to their feed du jour.’
      • ‘In the meantime, the next time someone queries you on your choice of black clothes to a wedding, tell them you're grieving for all the singles out there who have missed out on the chance of conuptial bliss with the couple du jour.’
      • ‘They're off sunning themselves in St-Tropez, or whichever other scabby fishing village has been designated the hot spot du jour, leaving their channels to be run by the sports departments.’
      • ‘If anything should be the new trend du jour, this is it.’
      • ‘Consider in-vitro fertilisation - the reproductive technology du jour of the 1980s, when our primary cultural obsession was consumer choice.’
      • ‘The topic du jour was Childbirth, not a subject Miss E or I introduced, but once Sue got rambling there was no stopping her.’
      • ‘But you can be sure that, for those people, he'll be back next year with another novel, completely different in tone, tackling some new topic du jour.’
      • ‘And so the extremists quite happily take control, elect themselves onto the national executive and then set about affiliating themselves to every passing leftist cause du jour that takes their fancy.’
      • ‘You can't walk in a park, even dogless, without being in danger of being stopped in your tracks for some perceived offence; scalping, for example, is apparently the crime du jour.’
      • ‘The big guys who hold themselves up to unrealistic standards of accuracy compromise themselves with a reliance on news wires, the story du jour and a lack of original and creative reporting.’
      • ‘But that didn't stop the fashion conscious from turning out in the fashion du jour - white capris, flip-flops and even stilettos!’
      • ‘In each episode, a pre-teen would chaperone the issue du jour through the prescribed format to a predictable conclusion.’
      • ‘Of course they were right, for in common with many, what I was actually remorseful about was getting caught, not the actual transgression du jour.’
      • ‘With any of these, you'd never even know that while you were off making coffee, the contents of your hard drive had walked out your door in someone's fashion accessory du jour.’
      • ‘The topic du jour was once again The America Thing, and someone remarked that most foreigners believe that Sydney is the capital of Australia, not Canberra.’
      • ‘And governments and voters need to be skeptical about sacrificing long established rights and traditional freedoms on the altar of the scientific dogma du jour.’
      • ‘Here the spectacle continues to fascinate, but indifference is the attitude du jour (indifference having long been associated with the postmodern).’


French, literally ‘of the day’.


du jour

/də ˈZHo͝or/