con·​course | \ˈkän-ˌkȯrs, 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

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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

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Game time is scheduled for 6:35 p.m, with gates opening at 5:35 p.m. The snow globes will be made available inside the stadium on the third base concourse at a giveaway table. Jennie Key,, "You have to see how cute the Fiona snow globe is," 11 July 2018 TVs showing the game line the stadium's concourses. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "NFL stadiums are more luxurious than ever. Here's how the Panthers could keep up.," 5 July 2018 The upper concourse spaces are sold on a per-event basis. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Bucks fire up 850 TVs and enormous scoreboard at their new basketball arena," 27 June 2018 Another 25 percent of travelers use Uber, Lyft, an on-site shuttle or take a taxi or town car before hitting the PDX concourse. Andrew Theen,, "PDX jacks up prices for Uber, Lyft, parking," 30 May 2018 The release says American’s investment of $78 million to extend the concourse of Terminal 3′s L-Concourse is the first major step the airport’s $8.5 billion terminal expansion plan. Wire And Staff Reports, USA TODAY, "Chicago O’Hare opens new gates for first time in 25 years," 16 May 2018 Architect Richard Sullivan said the project required elaborate computer models to figure out how to fit the turnstiles and fences into the cramped concourses. Inga Saffron,, "There's no getting around the clumsy design of SEPTA's new fare gates," 9 May 2018 By early 2019, travelers will get their first glimpse of the new LaGuardia with the opening of the first part of the Central Terminal concourse, whose airline tenants include Southwest Airlines, Air Canada, American, United, and Spirit. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "New York's Airports Are Getting Billion-Dollar Makeovers—But What Will They Actually Change?," 21 Nov. 2018 Never, under any circumstance, stop and stand still in the middle of the concourses. WSJ, "Chicago O’Hare International Airport: Insiders’ Tips for Flights to and From ORD," 14 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of concourse

: a large open space or hall in a public building


con·​course | \ˈkän-ˌkȯrs \

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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