con·​course ˈkän-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce concourse (audio)
: an act or process of coming together and merging
: a meeting produced by voluntary or spontaneous coming together
: an open space where roads or paths meet
: 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 Centurion Lounge in Atlanta is located in the E concourse by gate E11 and is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Chris Dong, Travel + Leisure, 14 Feb. 2024 Additional responsibilities include performing preventative maintenance on all Airport sliding glass doors, fire extinguishers, perimeter gates and overhead doors throughout the terminals and concourses. Miami Herald Archives, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 And that’s going to be on all levels, including the Uptown concourse. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 7 Feb. 2024 Last year, a flurry of high-profile retail and dining options opened in the concourse, and while not all are holding strong, the glorified office complex’s reputation seems to be better than some of its neighbors’. My Morning, Curbed, 12 Dec. 2023 Fans crowded the Ford Stadium concourse seeking shade and water, which this year will be distributed at the gates for free. Stefan Stevenson, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2023 On the way in or on the concourse, fans will likely encounter an experiential offering from a sponsor. Michael Schreiber, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2024 One concept would connect the new concourse to the main terminal, giving travelers the option of walking to their gates or taking the train. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 Streamed version of Atlantis' concourse entrance, for comparison. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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.

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of concourse was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Concourse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


con·​course ˈkän-kō(ə)rs How to pronounce concourse (audio)
: a flocking, moving, or flowing together : gathering
: a place (as a boulevard, open area, or hall) where many people pass or gather
the concourse of the bus terminal

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