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hors concours

[awr kawn-koor] /ɔr kɔ̃ˈkur/
adjective, French.
noting an artist, architect, or the like, not competing or not qualified to compete for the prizes in an exhibit or competition.
noting or pertaining to a work or project submitted by such a person to an exhibit or competition.
Origin of hors concours
literally, out (of the) competition Unabridged
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  • The greater number were hors concours, for Alphonsine's was to the aged courtesan what Chelsea Hospital is to the aged soldier.

  • Lenbach had not only an eye and a hand, but likewise elbows and a tongue which placed him hors concours.

  • The sculptured groups would be received any day hors concours in the Salons for their technique only.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • H'm, I met a "hors concours" who knew, and I was quite prepared to witness a scene when I came in here.

  • Would the wives, daughters, or fiancées of the members of the commission be hors concours?

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
British Dictionary definitions for hors concours

hors concours

/ɔr kɔ̃kur/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
(of an artist, exhibitor, etc) excluded from competing
without equal; unrivalled
Word Origin
literally: out of the competition
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