Definition of hors concours in English:

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hors concours

Pronunciation: /ˌôrkôn ˈko͝or/


1Unrivaled; unequaled: most husbands are fools, but that one was hors concours
2 formal (Of an exhibit or exhibitor) not competing for a prize.
Example sentences
  • The programme in the Berlinale Palast will be rounded off by five more productions running hors concours.
  • With few events fitting in to the Team's competitive calendar, Lucinda rode Tennyson and Koyuna Sun-Glo hors concours to give them each a novice run, while Prada was once again in with a genuine shout at the top spoils.
  • The Trieste Contemporanea Committee for 2006 intends to invite hors concours a group of designers to present a project or a prototype for a glass jewel.


Late 19th century: French, literally 'out of the competition'.

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Syllabification: hors con·cours

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