[ reys-kawrs, -kohrs ]
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  1. a current of water, as a millrace.

Origin of racecourse

First recorded in 1755–65; race1 + course

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How to use racecourse in a sentence

  • It had rained all night and was still drizzling when I headed for the Hawthorne Race Course in suburban Cicero, Illinois.

    Chicago’s Running of the Bulls | Hampton Stevens | July 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The perfect level of the plains, particularly in Champagne, makes the ground as open as a race-course.

  • A large tract of this district was formerly covered by a race-course known as the hippodrome.

    Archaic England | Harold Bayley
  • He always kept a number of race horses in training for the turf, and often matched them against others on the race course.

    The Old Pike | Thomas B. Searight
  • Could the Algonquins do a little better than this in the second half of the race-course, they would be sure of winning.

    A Mortal Antipathy | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • As the quartette sped over this grand natural race-course, the whole populace of the town turned out en masse to see the race.

    Cruisings in the Cascades | George O. Shields

British Dictionary definitions for racecourse


/ (ˈreɪsˌkɔːs) /

  1. a long broad track, usually of grass, enclosed between rails, and with starting and finishing points marked upon it, over which horses are raced: Also called (esp US and Canadian): racetrack

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