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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
1860-65; < French concessionnaire. See concession, -aire
Related forms
subconcessionaire, noun
subconcessioner, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The concessionaires take a sporting chance that Leopold will not be thrown out.

    The Congo and Coasts of Africa Richard Harding Davis
  • I do not know that the American concessionaires are driven by any such scourge.

    The Congo and Coasts of Africa Richard Harding Davis
  • This black pitch forms the basis of all our asphalt pavements, and such a deposit must be worth millions to the concessionaires.

  • When asked: "Under your concessions are you given similar powers over the native blacks as are enjoyed by other concessionaires?"

    The Congo and Coasts of Africa Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for concessionaires


someone who holds or operates a concession
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for concessionaires



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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