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concierge

[kon-see-airzh; French kawn-syerzh]
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noun, plural con·cierges [-see-air-zhiz; French -syerzh] /-siˈɛər ʒɪz; French -ˈsyɛrʒ/
  1. (especially in France) a person who has charge of the entrance of a building and is often the owner's representative; doorkeeper.
  2. a member of a hotel staff in charge of special services for guests, as arranging for theater tickets or tours.
  3. an employee stationed in an apartment house lobby who screens visitors, controls operation of elevators, accepts deliveries to the tenants, etc.
  4. a janitor.
  5. Obsolete. a custodian or warden.
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  1. pertaining to or being medical care for which the patient pays the doctor an annual fee for special or extra services: concierge medicine; concierge physicians.
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Origin of concierge

1640–50; < French; Old French cumserges < Latin con- con- + serviēns present participle of servīre to serve
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concierge

noun
  1. (esp in France) a caretaker of a block of flats, hotel, etc, esp one who lives on the premises
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Word Origin

C17: from French, ultimately from Latin conservus, from servus slave
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Word Origin and History for concierge

n.

1640s, from French concierge "caretaker, doorkeeper, porter" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *conservius, from Latin conservus "fellow slave," from com- "with" (see com-) + servius "slave" (see serve (v.)).

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