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

Example Sentences

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 Earlier this year, Dulles officials announced plans for a new 14-gate, 400,000-square-foot concourse. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022 In addition, Terminal 4's new concourse for Southwest Airlines debuted in June and includes Gates D11-D18. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2022 The city expects to offer the entire City Hall complex — including the concourse, convention hall, parking garage and 3,000-seat Civic Theater — the City Operations Building at 1222 First Ave. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 The initial compromise was that beer would be sold before and after the games within the stadium perimeter but only non-alcoholic beer would be sold in the stadium concourse. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2022 The new store — located outside section 119 on the main concourse level — will make its debut at Wednesday night's Bucks-Cavaliers game. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2022 The edible castle was baked in the Contemporary kitchen, had some assembly in a conference room before waiting in a dozen sections stowed in backstage hallways for a while before two days of construction on the fourth-floor concourse of the resort. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 11 Nov. 2022 In partnership with Hublot, Spatial notched a metaverse milestone with a 90,000-spectator stadium, equipped with a concourse and media wall showcasing numerous ambassadors and friends of the brand. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 7 Nov. 2022 Small figures of visitors moving along the great concourse that is the nave. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, 7 Nov. 2022 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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“Concourse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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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