[reys-kawrs, -kohrs]


a current of water, as a millrace.

Origin of racecourse

First recorded in 1755–65; race1 + course
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Examples from the Web for race-course

Historical Examples of race-course

  • Alpheios swung out of its banks and washed away the race-course for chariots.

  • There was a race-course behind the hotel on the Heath, but the races have been suppressed.

    Hampstead and Marylebone

    Geraldine Edith Mitton

  • My fellow-students were full of stories of the hunting-field and the race-course.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • Leave the forum, the palaestra, the race-course, and gymnasium?

  • There is a race-course and a kind of gentlemen's club-house.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for race-course



a long broad track, usually of grass, enclosed between rails, and with starting and finishing points marked upon it, over which horses are racedAlso called (esp US and Canadian): racetrack
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Word Origin and History for race-course

1764, from race (n.1) + course (n.).

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