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[reys-kawrs, -kohrs] /ˈreɪsˌkɔrs, -ˌkoʊrs/
a current of water, as a millrace.
Origin of racecourse
First recorded in 1755-65; race1 + course Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for race-course
Historical Examples
  • Alpheios swung out of its banks and washed away the race-course for chariots.

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • There was a race-course behind the hotel on the Heath, but the races have been suppressed.

    Hampstead and Marylebone Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • My fellow-students were full of stories of the hunting-field and the race-course.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • Leave the forum, the palaestra, the race-course, and gymnasium?

    The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus Caius Valerius Catullus
  • There is a race-course and a kind of gentlemen's club-house.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • True, there are the runners and polo ponies at Happy Valley race-course.

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • S—— invited us to go with him to the Gymkana at the race-course.

    Peking Dust Ellen N. La Motte
  • The meet was the race-course, a good three miles from the Parade.

  • The like of his coming on the race-course was never seen there afore nor since.

    A Laodicean Thomas Hardy
  • Rode to the race-course and round the hills; such views and such an evening!

    The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville
British Dictionary definitions for race-course


a long broad track, usually of grass, enclosed between rails, and with starting and finishing points marked upon it, over which horses are raced Also called (esp US and Canadian) racetrack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for race-course

1764, from race (n.1) + course (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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