[kawrs, kohrs]


verb (used with object), coursed, cours·ing.

verb (used without object), coursed, cours·ing.

Nearby words

  1. courier,
  2. courlan,
  3. courland,
  4. cournand,
  5. courrèges,
  6. course of true love never ran smoothly, the,
  7. course protractor,
  8. course work,
  9. courser,
  10. courses


    in due course, in the proper or natural order of events; eventually: They will get their comeuppance in due course.
    of course,
    1. certainly; definitely: Of course I'll come to the party.
    2. in the usual or natural order of things: Extra services are charged for, of course.

Origin of course

1250–1300; Middle English co(u)rs (noun) < Anglo-French co(u)rs(e), Old French cours < Latin cursus “a running, course,” equivalent to cur(rere) “to run” + -sus, variant of -tus suffix of verb action

Related formsmul·ti·course, nounun·der·course, verb, un·der·coursed, un·der·cours·ing, noun

Can be confusedcoarse course curse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for courses

British Dictionary definitions for courses


pl n

(sometimes singular) physiol another word for menses



a continuous progression from one point to the next in time or space; onward movementthe course of his life
a route or direction followedthey kept on a southerly course
  1. the path or channel along which something movesthe course of a river
  2. (in combination)a watercourse
an area or stretch of land or water on which a sport is played or a race is runa golf course
a period of time; durationin the course of the next hour
the usual order of and time required for a sequence of events; regular procedurethe illness ran its course
a mode of conduct or actionif you follow that course, you will certainly fail
a connected series of events, actions, etc
  1. a prescribed number of lessons, lectures, etc, in an educational curriculum
  2. the material covered in such a curriculum
a prescribed regimen to be followed for a specific period of timea course of treatment
a part of a meal served at one timethe fish course
a continuous, usually horizontal, layer of building material, such as a row of bricks, tiles, etc
nautical any of the sails on the lowest yards of a square-rigged ship
knitting the horizontal rows of stitchesCompare wale 1 (def. 2b)
(in medieval Europe) a charge by knights in a tournament
  1. a hunt by hounds relying on sight rather than scent
  2. a match in which two greyhounds compete in chasing a hare
the part or function assigned to an individual bell in a set of changes
archaic a running race
as a matter of course as a natural or normal consequence, mode of action, or event
the course of nature the ordinary course of events
in course of in the process ofthe ship was in course of construction
in due course at some future time, esp the natural or appropriate time
of course
  1. (adverb)as expected; naturally
  2. (sentence substitute)certainly; definitely
run its course or take its course (of something) to complete its development or action


(intr) to run, race, or flow, esp swiftly and without interruption
to cause (hounds) to hunt by sight rather than scent or (of hounds) to hunt (a quarry) thus
(tr) to run through or over; traverse
(intr) to take a direction; proceed on a course
See also courses

Word Origin for course

C13: from Old French cours, from Latin cursus a running, from currere to run

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Word Origin and History for courses
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with courses


In addition to the idiom beginning with course

  • course of true love never ran smoothly, the

also see:

  • crash course
  • in due course
  • matter of course
  • of course
  • par for the course
  • run its course
  • stay the course
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