[ kuhn-sesh-uh-nair ]

  1. 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.

Origin of concessionaire

From the French word concessionnaire, dating back to 1860–65. See concession, -aire
  • Also con·ces·sion·er [kuhn-sesh-uh-ner]. /kənˈsɛʃ ə nər/.

Other words from concessionaire

  • sub·con·ces·sion·aire, noun
  • sub·con·ces·sion·er, noun

Words Nearby concessionaire Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use concessionaire in a sentence

  • The concessionaire and the contractor are the modern representatives of ghouls and vampires of old-world romance.

  • Often the concessionaire himself is chief magistrate of his kingdom by law.

  • In the regions of fancy Macedoine was an incomparable inspiration; in business I preferred the unimaginative concessionaire.

  • Jealousy of the foreign concessionaire—who flourished so markedly under the Diaz regimen—is a further element in disorder.

  • The stands were empty, and not a person—tourist or concessionaire—was in sight.

    Delayed Action | Charles Vincent De Vet

British Dictionary definitions for concessionaire


concessioner (kənˈsɛʃənə) or concessionary

/ (kənˌsɛʃəˈnɛə) /

  1. someone who holds or operates a concession

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