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 The Cavaliers in December 2016 agreed to split the costs of a $140 million renovation with taxpayers, to revamp the concourse and create more gathering spaces. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "2017, the year the opioid crisis peaked in Northeast Ohio: Biggest stories of the 2010s," 24 Dec. 2019 Visitors must take the elevator up to the meet-and-greet area outside the center with large windows that overlook the concourse below. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "For military personnel not home for Christmas, a revamped center at the airport provides a friendly respite," 20 Dec. 2019 At Back Bay Station, they would probably be similarly situated outside of the side lobbies for the commuter rail, in the station’s general concourse, according to Keolis., "Get ready: Keolis says fare gates are coming to the commuter rail next year - The Boston Globe," 16 Dec. 2019 That concourse is needed to complete The Hop streetcar's lakefront loop by connecting parallel tracks on Michigan and Clybourn streets. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Long-delayed downtown Couture apartment high-rise might finally be completing its financing package," 11 Dec. 2019 Before meeting my gate near the end of concourse C, I was drawn in to Cure for a quick tipple. Brad Japhe, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Food and Drink at New Orleans’s New Airport Is So Good You’ll Want to Hang Out There," 11 Dec. 2019 Down the Lucas Oil Stadium concourse from the Buckeyes, who were relishing another Big Ten championship victory and having clinched a spot in the College Football Playoff, sat the Wisconsin linebacker. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Wisconsin provides blueprint for what IU football could be," 8 Dec. 2019 The Denver International Airport, for instance, has been lauded for its use of DAS networks to provide superior service to passengers in the terminal and throughout the concourses—even better than customers are used to at home in the suburbs. Christopher Schaberg, The Atlantic, "The Mobile Dead Zone on Airplanes," 1 Dec. 2019 Instead of showing extravagant goals by, say, Sidney Crosby, televisions on the concourses ran highlight reels of mic’d-up referees. Stephen Smith, New York Times, "Getting Hockey Referees Ready for the Big Leagues," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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12 Jan 2020

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“Concourse.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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