[ kuh n-sesh-uh-nair ]
/ kənˌsɛʃ əˈnɛər /


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.
Also con·ces·sion·er [kuh n-sesh-uh-ner] /kənˈsɛʃ ə nər/.

Origin of concessionaire

From the French word concessionnaire, dating back to 1860–65. See concession, -aire
Related formssub·con·ces·sion·aire, nounsub·con·ces·sion·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for concessionaire

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

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

  • 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) /


someone who holds or operates a concession
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Word Origin and History for concessionaire



1862, from French concessionaire "person to whom a concession has been granted," from concession, from Latin concessionem (see concession).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper