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 union said Tuesday that Mujinga and another worker from the station’s ticket office were on the concourse in late March when a man approached them. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "U.K. railway worker dies of coronavirus after man intentionally spits on her, union says," 13 May 2020 Nash’s instrument for dividing London was Regent Street, a wide concourse devoted to luxury shopping. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "London’s Avenue of Superfluities," 6 Apr. 2020 My dad was walking out the exits to the concourse to leave ..., "'He did the unthinkable': An oral history of Sam Dekker’s legendary state-title game for Sheboygan Lutheran," 19 Mar. 2020 Southwest completed the construction of a $146 million international concourse in 2015. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Southwest Airlines opens $125M maintenance facility in Houston," 8 Jan. 2020 The remaining renovations to the upper concourse and suites will be completed the following summer. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Be 'part of history': Help the Phoenix Suns renovate Talking Stick Resort Arena," 16 Dec. 2019 While the unfinished tunnels emit an undeniable horror movie vibe, those that are complete feel more like a public concourse than a graveyard. Sam Sokol,, "Squeezed for burial space, Jerusalem prepares to open an underground city of the dead," 30 Oct. 2019 The grandfather had worked his way onto the field and followed the team up to the concourse and confronted the coaches near the concession stand. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Status of Valley Center football coaches unclear for tonight’s game," 19 Sep. 2019 Nearly 100 feet away, fans of all ages lined a concourse just outside the quarter-century-old facility. Terrence Thomas,, "Soccer titans put on show in Alamo City," 11 Sep. 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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“Concourse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 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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