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Borrowed from French concours, from Latin concursus, from concurrere (to run together). See concur.


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concourse (plural concourses)

  1. A large open space in or in front of a building where people can gather, particularly one joining various paths, as in a rail station or airport terminal, or providing access to and linking the platforms in a railway terminus.
  2. A large group of people; a crowd.
    • 1726 October 28, [Jonathan Swift], Gulliver’s Travels, London: Printed for Benj[amin] Motte, OCLC 995220039, (please specify |part=I, II, III or IV):
      , The Publisher to the Reader
      About three years ago, Mr. Gulliver growing weary of the concourse of curious people coming to him at his house in Redriff, made a small purchase of land, with a convenient house, near Newark, in Nottinghamshire, his native country; where he now lives retired, yet in good esteem among his neighbours.
    • Prescott
      Amidst the concourse were to be seen the noble ladies of Milan, in gay, fantastic cars, shining in silk brocade.
    • 2016, Daniel Gray, Saturday, 3pm: 50 Eternal Delights of Modern Football
      Down in the concourses at half-time, football and Christmas collide to make excitable children of us all.
  3. The running or flowing together of things; the meeting of things; confluence.
    • 1662 - Thomas Salusbury (translator), Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Systems of the World, First Day:
      ... there was only wanting the concourse of rains ...
    • Sir M. Hale
      The good frame of the universe was not the product of chance or fortuitous concourse of particles of matter.
    • Sir Isaac Newton
      The drop will begin to move toward the concourse of the glasses.
  4. An open space, especially in a park, where several roads or paths meet.
  5. (obsolete) concurrence; cooperation
    • Barrow
      The divine providence is wont to afford its concourse to such proceeding.

Usage notes[edit]

In sense "open space", particularly used of indoor spaces, by contrast with plaza, place, square, etc. However, may be used for outdoor spaces as well, primarily high-traffic areas in front of a building.

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