from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An accomplished, presumably irreversible deed or fact.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An accomplished fact, something that has already occurred; a done deal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A fact accomplished; a thing done; a scheme already carried into execution.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an irreversible accomplishment
French : fait, fact + accompli, accomplished.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fait accompli ("an accomplished fact"), from fait ("a fact") + accompli ("accomplished"). (Wiktionary)