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 airport is in the midst of a concourse expansion project that will add 39 new gates, and executives with United and Southwest Airlines have both publicly jockeyed for more space. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "United Airlines will now fly at least 500 flights out of Denver three days a week," 7 June 2019 That transit concourse would include a stop for The Hop. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How will Milwaukee complete its streetcar lakefront loop if the Couture high-rise transit center isn't built?," 5 June 2019 An already tight lower-level concourse was then becoming a human traffic jam, all in the name of getting a beer and a bite. Marc Bona,, "Sneak peek: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse transformation continues (photos, video)," 4 June 2019 Cubs jerseys were much more prevalent than Marlins ones in the main concourse before the game, and those sporting Miami colors typically had names like Stanton and Ozuna on the back. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Anthony Rizzo's home run an 'out-of-body experience' on emotional Opening Day," 29 Mar. 2018 Roughly two-thirds of the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium was cordoned off and left vacant, while thousands poured into the remaining section, from the chairs set up on the floor abutting the stage to the top concourse. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "Browns Take Baker Mayfield at No. 1 Amid a Quarterback Frenzy," 26 Apr. 2018 This impressive concourse was designed specifically for this annual blockbuster by the country’s famed architect Oscar Niemeyer, whose curvaceous, sculptural buildings pulse with sensual glamour and a spirit of mid-century optimism. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Sambas His Way Through Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval," 22 Mar. 2019 No longer: Walk through Terminal B, and you'll be struck by the concourse's swooping, white, 55-foot-high ceiling and cathedral-height windows, which allow ample light and views of the runway. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "LaGuardia Airport Is Slowly Getting Better, Starting With Terminal B," 5 Dec. 2018 Water dripped from the roof of the grandstand onto the third-floor concourse, and Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of the company that owns the jockey club and the track, said ceiling tiles were falling. Scott Dance,, "Mud bogs down Preakness 2018, as organizers offer strongest hint Triple Crown jewel could leave Pimlico," 19 May 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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