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[French kawn-koor; English kong-koo r]
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noun, plural con·cours [French kawn-koor; English kong-koo rz] /French kɔ̃ˈkur; English kɒŋˈkʊərz/.
  1. a public contest or competition.
  2. concours d'élégance.
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Origin of concours

1935–40; < French, Old French; see concourse
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Related Words for concours

championship, clash, meeting, tournament, fight, trial, game, race, struggle, sport, rivalry, event, match, hostility, friction, strife, competition, animosity, difference, dispute

Examples from the Web for concours

Historical Examples of concours

  • And then it is only every four years that there is a 'concours' for admission.

    Conscience, Complete

    Hector Malot

  • But, wicked as Caffie may be, I believe that I shall accept the concours that he offered me.

  • One morning we went to the Concours de Violons at the Conservatoire.

    The Spell of Belgium

    Isabel Anderson

  • In 1809, the concours of Ypres celebrated a hero of the country.

    The Spell of Belgium

    Isabel Anderson

  • The events which attracted the greatest interest were the Concours daddresse, and the pig-sticking.

Word Origin and History for concours


from French concours (16c.) "assemblage of things brought together," also "contest" (see concourse). Usually in English in phrase concours d'elegance.

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