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

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The new concourse at LaGuardia features New York businesses including a McNally Jackson bookstore, a Shake Shack restaurant and an Irving Farm New York coffee shop. Paul Berger, WSJ, "LaGuardia’s High-Flying Makeover Has Travelers Doing Double-Takes," 23 Feb. 2019 Getting Ready for Action There is a strong communal vibe — for now — in the concourses at the Luzhniki. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "A Fearless Mexico Tops Germany, With Help From Its Cerebral Coach," 18 June 2018 Flights that were previously scheduled to take off at the airport’s G concourse will be relocated. Alison Sider, WSJ, "FAA Moves to Call Inspectors Back to Work," 12 Jan. 2019 Thursday, after Davies competed for the first time at the Relays, a fellow competitor from Bartram, mouth agape, appeared starstruck as Davies walked past inside Franklin Field’s concourse. Aaron Carter,, "Delsea's Ashley Preston all heart at Penn Relays," 27 Apr. 2018 Sunday was the concourse and that is when the rare and highly collectible cars are shown. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hilton Head Island, Revisited," 19 Nov. 2018 At the beginning of the month, LaGuardia opened 11 of 18 gates in the eastern concourse of its brand new Terminal B, which amounts to 243,000 square feet. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "LaGuardia Airport Is Slowly Getting Better, Starting With Terminal B," 5 Dec. 2018 The number of screens is almost overwhelming, and perhaps nowhere is that more clear than in the main concourse on the arena's north side. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Bucks fire up 850 TVs and enormous scoreboard at their new basketball arena," 27 June 2018 By the glass doors of the main concourse, the site of so much anger hours earlier, one arena worker wielded a broom, another a mop. Chris Ballard,, "'These Tragedies Have to Stop.' Inside the Kings' Decision to Stand Up for Stephon Clark," 29 Mar. 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 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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