Definition of concourse in US English:



  • 1A large open area inside or in front of a public building, as in an airport or train station.

    ‘the domestic arrivals concourse’
    • ‘The Bonatz station will become a public meeting place with restaurants and shops, and the floor of its concourse opened to make connection with the new platforms below via bridges.’
    • ‘No longer will the wealthy traveler have to endure the hardships of airport concourses open to anyone able to buy a ticket.’
    • ‘But, in the back rooms of the main concourse, customs officials demand bribes from traders trying to import clothes, shoes or electrical goods into the country.’
    • ‘For hours of operation, see the sign posted outside the center, located near the main entrance to the concourse.’
    • ‘Contained within the envelope is a series of floor plates set around a dramatic atrium that rises through the building from the main concourse on the lower ground floor.’
    • ‘At that point I headed for the nearest building which has one of the two connecting concourses to the station.’
    • ‘The glassy expanse of the curtain wall opens the concourse areas to the sky and the drama of arriving and departing aircraft.’
    • ‘From Philadelphia to San Diego, new construction brought us open concourses, more leg room, luxury boxes, video scoreboards, retractable roofs and higher taxes.’
    • ‘Inside, concourses and shop units are suitably smartened up to indicate the centre's new aspirations.’
    • ‘Unlike the previous evening's stay at Chicago's Metropolitan Lounge, this facility was not at all crowded, even though the waiting areas and the station concourse were pretty busy.’
    • ‘The main entrance to the station concourse lies on the west side of the building, signified by a slight bulge as the glass side wall curves outward.’
    • ‘A cascade of escalators will cut through the volume of the warehouse to arrive, 35m above ground, at a public concourse on the existing roof, with views across church spires and canals.’
    • ‘Wide-open spaces and moving walkways now replace narrow concourses and gate areas with inadequate seating.’
    • ‘Hundreds of passengers en route to London, Hull, Newcastle and further north had to decamp onto the front concourse.’
    • ‘And for weeks after the catastrophes, the sprawling mall and concourses inside Pittsburgh International Airport resembled a ghost town.’
    • ‘Plans are also in place to build a concourse area on the west side of Kent station.’
    • ‘All public circulation areas, like the main concourse, are to the west of this line; the east side is devoted to the mechanics and organization of theatrical production.’
    • ‘A two-storey concourse building containing waiting rooms, ticket hall and offices occupies the south-west corner of the site, addressing a new square.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, when the second concourse was opened at Heuston Station shortly, buses to the city centre would be there to meet commuter trains from Kildare, Mr Lalor said.’
    • ‘An HFM gas separation unit and surge tank would be installed in front of the main concourse.’
    entrance, foyer, lobby, hall
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  • 2formal A crowd or assembly of people.

    ‘a vast concourse of learned men’
    • ‘The large concourse of mourners present on Friday evening and Saturday morning are evidence of the esteem in which the family are held by their community in Waterford and Margaret's native Dunhill.’
    • ‘Following Requiem Mass today, the burial took place in the adjoining cemetery in the presence of another vast concourse of mourners.’
    • ‘Ollie, who was well known to all, was a quiet inoffensive man and his popularity was evidenced by the large concourse of mourners who attended the funeral.’
    • ‘The Cardinal was greeted on arrival 46 years ago by a great concourse of parishioners who had gaily decorated the roads leading to the new church with bunting and scrolls, many of which were Irish.’
    • ‘Following Requiem Mass on Friday John was laid to rest in St. Carthage's cemetery in the presence of another vast and immensely representative concourse.’
    • ‘The large concourse of mourners and sympathisers were told how Billy was both methodical and systematic.’
    • ‘The concourse of mourners was the largest in living memory and is evidence of the esteem in which the family is held in all communities.’
    • ‘A huge concourse of students, all but gaping with reverence, filled two rooms.’
    • ‘Huge crowds jammed the concourse outside the dome hoping to get on the buses to the Astrodome in Houston, 350 miles away.’
    • ‘The extraordinary spectacle created quite a sensation, and consequently there was a numerous concourse of spectators.’
    • ‘There was a large concourse of mourners at his removal on Saturday evening to St. Laurence's Church Ballinroad and again on Sunday morning at his Requiem Mass and interment in the adjoining ceremony.’
    • ‘In common law a market is defined as a ‘concourse of buyers and sellers’ and a concourse is defined as six so if the town has less than six traders, it could have difficulty defending its market rights.’
    • ‘Both the obsequies were attended by a huge concourse of people, reflecting the esteem and respect in which he and his family were held.’
    • ‘Burial took place in Butlerstown cemetery on Thursday last, in the presence of a huge concourse of mourners, following Requiem Mass.’
    • ‘A large concourse of mourners were present at both removal and funeral mass.’
    • ‘Most of the time they seem to have gathered ‘in great concourse,’ huzzahed when appropriate, and gone home to illuminate their houses to show approval.’
    • ‘All walks of life were represented in the large concourse of sympathisers testifying to the esteem and high regard in which Brigid and her family are held.’
    • ‘The film goes on to show a vast concourse of refugees, trudging along a dusty road, from Ferozpur into Pakistan.’
    • ‘The large concourse of mourners who visited the residence and attended the church were evidence of the enormous popularity of Billy in Dunhill and surrounding areas.’
    • ‘His removal from Drohan's Funeral Home to Abbeyside Parish Church on Tuesday evening was accompanied by a large concourse of family and friends.’
    throng, horde, mob, rabble, large number, mass, multitude, host, army, herd, flock, drove, swarm, sea, stream, troupe, pack, press, crush, flood, collection, company, gathering, assembly, assemblage, array, congregation, convention
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    1. 2.1 The action of coming together or meeting.
      ‘the attracted concourse of the beauty and wealth of modern civilization’
      • ‘Surely the values of friendship, courage, and worship cannot be reduced to the concourse of atoms.’
      • ‘It was a high risk to take and we may be heading again into a period when the free concourse of ideas in the academy will have a price put upon it.’
      • ‘‘Dissipation of Energy’ follows in nature from the fortuitous concourse of atoms.’
      • ‘For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse.’
      • ‘So I thought it would be interesting to examine some of the mechanisms of Cinema through the unlikely concourse of these two giants.’
      • ‘Guru Nanak's mission was not only to expound a new philosophy for meditation and spiritual concourse, but it was meant for organising a living and vibrant religion.’
      convergence, coming together, confluence, conjunction, union, junction, abutment, intersection, t-junction, crossing
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    2. 2.2
      another term for concours
      • ‘Spectators have been viewing the artistry of the automobile from the ‘gallery’ perspective since the tradition of automotive concourses began.’
      • ‘The museum also has a painstaking renovation programme in its own workshops to bring new additions up to concourse condition.’
      • ‘Then there is the real star of the film: Mr and Mrs. Hughes' concourse quality Austin A - 40 Devon, whose engine note, sadly, is audible only every so often.’
      • ‘Now what you also have to realise is that these concourse cars have to be original in every respect as well.’


Late Middle English (in concourse (sense 2)): from Old French concours, from Latin concursus, from concurs- ‘run together, met’, from the verb concurrere (see concur). concourse (sense 1) (originally US) dates from the mid 19th century.