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concourse

[kon-kawrs, -kohrs, kong-] /ˈkɒn kɔrs, -koʊrs, ˈkɒŋ-/
noun
1.
an assemblage; gathering:
a concourse of people.
2.
a driveway or promenade, especially in a park.
3.
a boulevard or other broad thoroughfare.
4.
a large open space for accommodating crowds, as in a railroad station.
5.
an area or grounds for racing, athletic sports, etc.
6.
an act or instance of running or coming together; confluence:
a concourse of events.
Origin of concourse
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English concours < Middle French; replacing Middle English concurs < Latin concursus assembly, verbal noun corresponding to concurrere to assemble, collide. See concur, course
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  • Judging by the tickets distributed, there would be a concourse of 40,000 people.

  • He turned his eyes toward the tall building at the end of the concourse.

    The Dark Door Alan Edward Nourse
  • "Quiet," said the man, steering him over toward the edge of the concourse.

    The Dark Door Alan Edward Nourse
  • They were attended to the wharf by a concourse of people, who wished them a good voyage.

    Tea Leaves Various
  • Thieves and disreputable characters of all sorts flocked to this concourse.

  • I paused and smiled easily at the concourse below and around me.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
  • A concourse is an assemblage of people who have come (or run) together.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • The whole garrison was under arms, and the concourse of people was immense.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for concourse

concourse

/ˈkɒnkɔːs; ˈkɒŋ-/
noun
1.
a crowd; throng
2.
a coming together; confluence: a concourse of events
3.
a large open space for the gathering of people in a public place
4.
(mainly US) a ground for sports, racing, athletics, etc
Word Origin
C14: from Old French concours, ultimately from Latin concurrere to run together, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for concourse
n.

late 14c., from Middle French concours, from Latin concursus "a running together," from past participle of concurrere (see concur). Originally "the flowing of a crowd of people;" sense of "open space in a built-up place" is American English, 1862.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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