con·​ces·​sion·​aire kən-ˌse-shə-ˈner How to pronounce concessionaire (audio)
: the owner or operator of a concession
especially : one that operates a refreshment stand at a recreational center

Examples of concessionaire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Boat and jet ski rentals are available from the park concessionaire, Wet Monkey Powersport Rentals (928-855-2022, Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2024 Today, Carman supports the idea of bringing in a concessionaire but insists a shorter-term solution is needed. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 So rare that Andrea Mills has only encountered them four times in her nearly three decades working as an educator and naturalist with Island Packers Cruises, a concessionaire boat company that escorts visitors from the Ventura Harbor to the Channel Islands. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 Set miles off the coast, the park is accessible only via ferry, and many travelers book their journey through official concessionaire Island Packers out of Ventura Harbor. Chelsee Lowe, Travel + Leisure, 25 Feb. 2024 These concessionaires became known as the tip trust. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 Join the people engineering the future of zero waste venues, and hear directly from waste haulers and concessionaires about the pain points of the transition. Katie Bain, Billboard, 14 Dec. 2023 In New York, at the turn of the twentieth century, some enterprising concessionaires paid restaurants thousands of dollars a year to run their coatrooms. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 Food and drink concessionaires, professional caterers, event planners — any purveyor that’s not a restaurant, food truck, flea market or food hall vendor — are also excluded from the roundup. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024

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Word History


French concessionnaire, from concession

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of concessionaire was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Concessionaire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


con·​ces·​sion·​aire kən-ˌsesh-ə-ˈna(ə)r How to pronounce concessionaire (audio)
: one that has been given a concession (as to sell something)

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