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 The Loaded Fries Pizza from concessionaire Tom Grace was one such dish. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2023 The lawsuit alleges that William-Paul Thomas, at the time the mayor’s liaison to City Council, called CEO Chris Pappas in November 2019, during the first round of bids to determine the airport's new concessionaire. Brittanie Shey, Chron, 12 Apr. 2023 Grand Canyon Lodge, operated by the concessionaire Aramark, did offer limited food and beverage menu during the partial reopening. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 19 July 2023 Everything from street tacos and artisanal pizza to poke bowls and sushi, plus a specialty wine and beer bar, are among the offerings featured by the winning concessionaires who competed for spots in the new Terminal 1. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2023 Herb & Air is one of seven concessions that would be overseen by master concessionaire High Flying Foods. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 July 2023 Island Packers provides ferry service as the park’s concessionaire. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 1 July 2023 After two decades as the main concessionaire at Hobby, Pappas Restaurants, operating under the umbrella group 4 Families of Hobby, lost a contract on March 8 to continue operating restaurants at the airport. Brittanie Shey, Chron, 16 May 2023 Kara also reveals a system of intermediary agents that connects individual miners to a diffuse array of buyers, depots, concessionaires, processors, and refining industries that all take in a share of the value of the mined cobalt. Siddharth Kara, Foreign Affairs, 28 Feb. 2023 See More

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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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“Concessionaire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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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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