Definition of concierge in US English:



  • 1(especially in France) a caretaker of an apartment complex or a small hotel, typically one living on the premises.

    • ‘Now they're called concierges and usually go in the most expensive flats.’
    • ‘Each penthouse comes fitted with an alarm and the scheme has a resident concierge.’
    • ‘The concierge was more prescient that the reformers, whom Du Camp likened to the sorcerer's apprentice.’
    • ‘Shop owner Shindo Singh, who has lived in the area for 18 years, said she thought the concierge service meant other residents made less of an effort.’
    • ‘Isleworth councillors have accused Hounslow Homes of being ‘underhand’ about plans to reduce the concierge service for residents of the four tower-blocks on the Ivybridge Estate.’
    • ‘Council leader Andy Smith told more than 60 residents, police, councillors and other dignitaries that the concierge centre would ‘keep the rubbish out’ of the estate.’
    • ‘With a 24-hour concierge service, the flats will be particularly secure and could be left for a great deal of time.’
    • ‘It happens two or three times a day and the concierges get fed up reporting it.’
    • ‘All the same, many bourgeois wore thick shoes, carried umbrellas, and tried to look as much like their own concierges as they could.’
    • ‘CCTV in communities, fenced-in concierge flats and caged-in schools often reinforce an exaggerated sense of risk within areas, and such measures should be used far more sparingly than is currently the case.’
    • ‘Their crimes were only discovered when Peter Weston, the concierge at West One flats complex, noticed their flat's mailbox full of letters addressed to several different people and alerted police.’
    • ‘The concierges can be in constant touch with the owners - or their ‘people’ - by e-mail, getting their apartments ready for their arrival.’
    • ‘At about 3.55 pm, she arrived at Summervale House in Vale Drive, Werneth and used a key to get into the block of flats which has a concierge and security cameras, which could also contain the image of her killer.’
    • ‘Just as scruffy lobbies are a thing of the past in posh developments, so too are old-style concierges.’
    • ‘The scheme, which is being developed by Huddersfield-based Lanson Developments, also offers typing and fax services from its concierge.’
    • ‘Our reporters were stunned to discover the duty concierge sleeping as they entered the flats' reception and were able to roam freely in all three of the tower blocks without any security personnel stopping them.’
  • 2A hotel employee whose job is to assist guests by arranging tours, making theater and restaurant reservations, etc.

    • ‘I ask the doormen, I ask the concierge, I ask the elevator operators.’
    • ‘Tickets are very hard to come by and quite expensive, so your best bet is probably to tip your hotel concierge generously to procure a few seats for you.’
    • ‘Regardless, there was a concierge who stopped to tell us, or to warn us, that dinner ‘up there’ was pretty expensive.’
    • ‘Brocaded concierges are choreographed to look like revolving doors.’
    • ‘Ask the concierge for trail maps or other nearby workout options.’
    • ‘This is an improvement on our last hotel stay, when the concierge started making jungle noises when we entered our suite.’
    • ‘She will drive him back to the hotel, where the concierge will book him a taxi to the airport.’
    • ‘This is the bane not just of the hotel concierge, but indeed all of us.’
    • ‘I reported this problem to our room steward several times and then to the concierge.’
    • ‘The hotel concierge just went and hailed a cab which we should have done in the first place.’
    • ‘Luckily, the hotel was so posh that the concierge was happy to get a member of staff to drive me home.’
    • ‘They asked the hotel concierge for advice, and were told that the visa application in town would take at least 24 hours to process.’
    • ‘Suite accommodation comes with the services of a concierge, and, except for mini-suites, butler service as well.’
    • ‘But the concierge at the Astoria was unhelpful, gruff almost.’
    • ‘Director Steve Jackson says he regularly gets tee-time requests from gulf pros or concierges on-board arriving ships.’
    • ‘I stayed to plead with the concierge, Manuel, while my companion systematically tried and was turned away from every other hotel in Antigua.’
    • ‘You can use the valet, the concierge or the maid services.’
    • ‘A couple years ago I read about Anna Morris who works as a hotel concierge at the Westin Santa Clara.’
    • ‘She continued, with great energy, telling a story about how five people, booked in by the concierge of the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, never arrived.’
    • ‘‘There will be snow tonight,’ the concierge tells me as I head back to my room to digest all that food and catch the BBC World news on TV.’
    steward, waiter, waitress, porter, servant, menial, auxiliary, assistant, helper
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Mid 16th century (denoting the warden of a house, castle, prison, or palace): French, probably based on Latin conservus ‘fellow slave’.