courant (n.)

"newspaper" (now only in names of newspapers, such as the Hartford Courant, which dates to the 18th century), 1620s, on the notion of "current" news, from French courant, literally "running," present participle of courir "to run," from Latin currere "to run, move quickly" (of persons or things), from PIE root *kers- "to run." Also the name of a kind of dance (1580s) characterized by "running" steps and music for such a dance (1590s).

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