Definition of concourse in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkänˌkôrs/


1A large open area inside or in front of a public building, as in an airport or train station: the domestic arrivals concourse
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  • The glassy expanse of the curtain wall opens the concourse areas to the sky and the drama of arriving and departing aircraft.
  • Contained within the envelope is a series of floor plates set around a dramatic atrium that rises through the building from the main concourse on the lower ground floor.
  • An HFM gas separation unit and surge tank would be installed in front of the main concourse.
2 formal A crowd or assembly of people: a vast concourse of learned men
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  • Burial took place in Butlerstown cemetery on Thursday last, in the presence of a huge concourse of mourners, following Requiem Mass.
  • A large concourse of mourners were present at both removal and funeral mass.
  • There was a large concourse of mourners at his removal on Saturday evening to St. Laurence's Church Ballinroad and again on Sunday morning at his Requiem Mass and interment in the adjoining ceremony.
2.1The action of coming together or meeting: the attracted concourse of the beauty and wealth of modern civilization
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  • Guru Nanak's mission was not only to expound a new philosophy for meditation and spiritual concourse, but it was meant for organising a living and vibrant religion.
  • For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse.
  • So I thought it would be interesting to examine some of the mechanisms of Cinema through the unlikely concourse of these two giants.
2.2 another term for concours.
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  • Spectators have been viewing the artistry of the automobile from the ‘gallery’ perspective since the tradition of automotive concourses began.
  • Then there is the real star of the film: Mr and Mrs. Hughes' concourse quality Austin A - 40 Devon, whose engine note, sadly, is audible only every so often.
  • The museum also has a painstaking renovation programme in its own workshops to bring new additions up to concourse condition.


Late Middle English (sense 2): from Old French concours, from Latin concursus, from concurs- 'run together, met', from the verb concurrere (see concur). sense 1 (originally US) dates from the mid 19th century.

  • cursor from Middle English:

    Nowadays we call the movable indicator on our computer screen the cursor. In medieval English a cursor was a running messenger: it is a borrowing of the Latin word for ‘a runner’, and comes from currere ‘to run’. From the late 16th century cursor became the term for a sliding part of a slide rule or other instrument, marked with a line for pinpointing the position on a scale that you want, the forerunner of the computing sense. Currere is the source of very many English words including course (Middle English) something you run along; concourse (Late Middle English) originally a crowd who had ‘run together’; current (Middle English) originally meaning ‘running, flowing’; discursive (late 16th century) running away from the point; excursion (late 16th century) running out to see things; intercourse (Late Middle English) originally an exchange running between people; and precursor (Late Middle English) one who goes before; as well as supplying the cur part of concur (Late Middle English); incur (Late Middle English); occur (Late Middle English) (from ob- ‘against’); and recur (Middle English).

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Syllabification: con·course

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