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[kuh n-sesh-uh-nair] /kənˌsɛʃ əˈnɛər/
a person, group, or company to whom a concession has been granted, especially to operate a subsidiary business or service:
a popcorn concessionaire at a baseball park.
Also, concessioner
[kuh n-sesh-uh-ner] /kənˈsɛʃ ə nər/ (Show IPA)
Origin of concessionaire
From the French word concessionnaire, dating back to 1860-65. See concession, -aire
Related forms
subconcessionaire, noun
subconcessioner, noun Unabridged
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  • Often the concessionaire himself is chief magistrate of his kingdom by law.

  • The stands were empty, and not a person—tourist or concessionaire—was in sight.

    Delayed Action Charles Vincent De Vet
  • The concessionaire and the contractor are the modern representatives of ghouls and vampires of old-world romance.

British Dictionary definitions for concessionaire


someone who holds or operates a concession
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Word Origin and History for concessionaire

1862, from French concessionaire "person to whom a concession has been granted," from concession, from Latin concessionem (see concession).

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