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[French kawn-koor; English kong-koo r]
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noun, plural con·cours [French kawn-koor; English kong-koo rz] /French kɔ̃ˈkur; English kɒŋˈkʊərz/.
  1. a public contest or competition.
  2. concours d'élégance.

Origin of concours

1935–40; < French, Old French; see concourse
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Examples from the Web for concours

Historical Examples

  • And then it is only every four years that there is a 'concours' for admission.

    Conscience, Complete

    Hector Malot

  • But, wicked as Caffie may be, I believe that I shall accept the concours that he offered me.

  • One morning we went to the Concours de Violons at the Conservatoire.

    The Spell of Belgium

    Isabel Anderson

  • In 1809, the concours of Ypres celebrated a hero of the country.

    The Spell of Belgium

    Isabel Anderson

  • The events which attracted the greatest interest were the Concours daddresse, and the pig-sticking.

Word Origin and History for concours


from French concours (16c.) "assemblage of things brought together," also "contest" (see concourse). Usually in English in phrase concours d'elegance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper