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A concourse is a place where pathways or roads meet, such as in a hotel, a convention center, a railway station, an airport terminal, a hall, or other space.

The term is not limited to places where there are literally pathways or roadways or train tracks joining. An alternate meaning now is "an open space or hall (as in a railway terminal) where crowds gather."[1] In this meaning as a place where crowds gather, while many persons in any crowd no doubt have followed different paths in their lives to get to the place, there need not be notable specific roadways leading to the place.


Examples of concourses include:


Outdoor concourses[edit]

Public transport concourses[edit]

Car park concourses[edit]

Contemporary usage[edit]

More recently, "concourse" is often used to refer to a situation where people come together in online presence, even if they do not physically come together in reality. An example of such an online community is the IEEE Student Concourse, as well as various online shopping concourses.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Definition of Concourse". Merriam-Webster.
  2. ^ This local village name for its common land may imply an early usage of the word, concourse.

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