concourse

The wide, open area that's either inside or in front of a building is called a concourse. A concourse is often located where many paths or hallways meet.

Many kinds of buildings have a concourse, including train stations, airports, hotels, and shopping malls. Concourses are large enough for many people to congregate there — and this crowd or gathering of people can also be called a concourse. A movie star visiting a small city might find himself surrounded by a huge concourse of fans asking for autographs. The Latin root is concursus, "a running together," and the word's original sense was "the flowing of a crowd of people."

Definitions of concourse
  1. noun
    a wide hallway in a building where people can walk
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    type of:
    hall, hallway
    an interior passage or corridor onto which rooms open
  2. noun
    a coming together of people
    synonyms: confluence
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    type of:
    coming together, meeting, merging
    the act of joining together as one
  3. noun
    a large gathering of people
    synonyms: multitude, throng
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    types:
    hive
    a teeming multitude
    horde, host, legion
    a vast multitude
    herd, ruck
    a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things
    type of:
    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
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