[reys-kawrs, -kohrs]


a current of water, as a millrace.

Origin of racecourse

First recorded in 1755–65; race1 + course
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Contemporary Examples of racecourse

Historical Examples of racecourse

  • We passed a racecourse, where a little race-meeting was going on.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • The racecourse has done much for this, but the road would do far more.

    Nuts and Nutcrackers

    Charles James Lever

  • There is no place, no corner, on a racecourse where a man may show his heart.

    The Country House

    John Galsworthy

  • Mrs. Ogilvie arrived at the racecourse, as she had promised to do, about tea-time.

    Peter and Jane

    S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan

  • The Church was consecrated in 1845, four years after the closing of the racecourse.

    The Kensington District

    Geraldine Edith Mitton

British Dictionary definitions for racecourse



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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