con·​course | \ ˈkän-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce concourse (audio) , ˈkäŋ- \

Definition of concourse

1 : an act or process of coming together and merging
2 : a meeting produced by voluntary or spontaneous coming together
3a : an open space where roads or paths meet
b : an open space or hall (as in a railroad or airport terminal) where crowds gather

Examples of concourse in a Sentence

the concourse of the bus terminal airline passengers had to pass through the security checkpoints before being allowed in the concourse
Recent Examples on the Web The authority completed a $1 billion package of upgrades at Reagan National Airport last year, including a 14-gate concourse to replace the infamous Gate 35X, which required travelers to be bused to their aircraft. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Manaea trudged through the stadium’s main concourse under the grandstands, past the hot-dog stands and souvenir shop selling his jerseys, as the first-arriving fans stared at him curiously. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Apr. 2022 Tasting tables will be set up on the concourse as fans will have a chance to sample and vote on Akron’s best JoJos. Marc Bona, cleveland, 10 Feb. 2022 Jack Daniel's also has a bar on the upper concourse. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Oct. 2021 Walking through the gates and through the darkened concourse. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 5 June 2022 The completion of Terminal C comes more than two years after Delta remodeled the first Terminal C concourse in October 2019. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2022 At Movement’s official merchandise tent, which offers apparel and other branded items, business was bustling, with lines often stretching far down the plaza concourse. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 31 May 2022 Another fan evaded stewards and was seen sprinting through the concourse and into the bottom level of the stadium. Steve Douglas,, 28 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of concourse

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concourse

Middle English concours, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin concursus "gathering of a crowd, coming together," noun of action from concurrere "to assemble in haste, resort to in large numbers" — more at concur

Note: For formation of Latin cursus see etymology and note at course entry 1.

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“Concourse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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con·​course | \ ˈkän-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce concourse (audio) \

Kids Definition of concourse

1 : a flocking, moving, or flowing together (as of persons or streams) : gathering
2 : an open space or hall (as in a mall or airport)

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