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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The Sacramento airport was at that time one of the most expensive airports for airlines to do business after dramatically increasing its airline fees to pay for the Terminal B building and concourse that opened in 2011. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Headed to Vegas? This low-fare airline is challenging Southwest for Sacramento fliers | The Sacramento Bee," 1 May 2018 Groups of fans didn’t stop in their tracks to pose for selfies, clogging aisles or concourses. Timothy Finn, kansascity, "Jack White's 'no phone' policy worked; expect to see more of it at concerts | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 The argument occurred on concourse B near Gate B6, police said. Campbell Lutz, ajc, "NFL veteran ‘Pacman’ Jones assaulted at Atlanta airport, police say," 12 July 2018 Airports like Pittsburgh International and Memphis International that once hummed with passengers and built terminals to accommodate huge growth projections are now dealing with the new reality of empty gates and silent concourses. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s airport manages ‘tricky balance’ between low-cost hub and fancy new gates," 12 July 2018 The basketball arenas at UNLV will play host to the on-court action and the Thomas and Mack Center concourse was transformed into an interactive NBA experience. The Heat Index, azcentral, "NBA Summer League: Jerry West, Steve Ballmer, and Mark Cuban walk into an arena...," 6 July 2018 That has sometimes left the spacious three-concourse terminal looking staggeringly deserted, with most of its gates unused. New York Times, "The Trouble With the Memphis Airport: No Crowds," 23 May 2018 Reportedly, this was the celebrated landscape designer’s only interior concourse plan. Christopher Knight,, "This Miró masterpiece will be sold to the highest bidder. It belongs in a museum instead," 15 May 2018 After an application process, the retailers will get 12-month leases for a kiosk along one of the concourses. Lorraine Mirabella,, "BWI Airport retail program expands and becomes permanent," 30 Apr. 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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