[kon-kawrs, -kohrs, kong-]
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  1. an assemblage; gathering: a concourse of people.
  2. a driveway or promenade, especially in a park.
  3. a boulevard or other broad thoroughfare.
  4. a large open space for accommodating crowds, as in a railroad station.
  5. an area or grounds for racing, athletic sports, etc.
  6. an act or instance of running or coming together; confluence: a concourse of events.

Origin of concourse

1350–1400; Middle English concours < Middle French; replacing Middle English concurs < Latin concursus assembly, verbal noun corresponding to concurrere to assemble, collide. See concur, course Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Judging by the tickets distributed, there would be a concourse of 40,000 people.

  • He turned his eyes toward the tall building at the end of the concourse.

    The Dark Door

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • "Quiet," said the man, steering him over toward the edge of the concourse.

    The Dark Door

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • They were attended to the wharf by a concourse of people, who wished them a good voyage.

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  • Thieves and disreputable characters of all sorts flocked to this concourse.

British Dictionary definitions for concourse


  1. a crowd; throng
  2. a coming together; confluencea concourse of events
  3. a large open space for the gathering of people in a public place
  4. mainly US a ground for sports, racing, athletics, etc

Word Origin for concourse

C14: from Old French concours, ultimately from Latin concurrere to run together, from currere to run
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for concourse

late 14c., from Middle French concours, from Latin concursus "a running together," from past participle of concurrere (see concur). Originally "the flowing of a crowd of people;" sense of "open space in a built-up place" is American English, 1862.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper