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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Norman Foster’s Great Court at the British Museum comes to mind (Moynihan’s grid shells are actually finer), as do classic 19th century European railway sheds and of course the concourse from Charles McKim’s original Penn Station. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Moynihan Train Hall: It’s Stunning. And, a First Step.," 11 Jan. 2021 The new train hall boasts several modern features including an open, spacious concourse and a 92-foot-high skylight. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "New York's Penn Station unveils new Moynihan Train Hall," 4 Jan. 2021 The county’s clinic is in the north concourse of Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "‘Diddy’ delivers, chicken coops, New Year’s Eve restrictions: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2020 That loop's parallel tracks on Michigan and Clybourn streets are to connect through Couture's transit concourse. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Long-delayed Couture high-rise receives HUD loan guarantee for $103.5 million, setting the stage for construction.," 23 Nov. 2020 While most fans adhered to the rule when walking on the concourse or purchasing prepackaged food with a cashless transaction, the policy noticeably was followed far more loosely once fans returned to their seats. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "What was it like attending Cowboys' home opener? COVID-19 safety measures couldn’t contain fans' comeback passions.," 21 Sep. 2020 Many people arrived with their own wheelchair, cane, or walker, but the Fenway staff had wheelchairs available for those that needed assistance navigating the concourse., "Mass vaccination site at Reggie Lewis Center closed as major nor’easter approaches," 1 Feb. 2021 Natural light pours into the main concourse from skylights supported by the building’s original steel trusses. New York Times, "New Train Hall Opens at Penn Station, Echoing Building’s Former Glory," 30 Dec. 2020 In the chilly December air, the 230,000-square-foot concourse on the north side of Reagan National Airport looks ready for passengers. Washington Post, "Reagan National eyes summer 2021 for opening of a new 14-gate concourse," 30 Dec. 2020

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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 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of concourse

: a large open space or hall in a public building


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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