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[kon-see-airzh; French kawn-syerzh] /ˌkɒn siˈɛərʒ; French kɔ̃ˈsyɛrʒ/
noun, plural concierges
[-see-air-zhiz; French -syerzh] /-siˈɛər ʒɪz; French -ˈsyɛrʒ/ (Show IPA)
(especially in France) a person who has charge of the entrance of a building and is often the owner's representative; doorkeeper.
a member of a hotel staff in charge of special services for guests, as arranging for theater tickets or tours.
an employee stationed in an apartment house lobby who screens visitors, controls operation of elevators, accepts deliveries to the tenants, etc.
a janitor.
Obsolete. a custodian or warden.
pertaining to or being medical care for which the patient pays the doctor an annual fee for special or extra services: concierge medicine;
concierge physicians.
Origin of concierge
1640-50; < French; Old French cumserges < Latin con- con- + serviēns present participle of servīre to serve Unabridged
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Examples from the web for concierge
  • concierge medicine offers personalized medical care to patients who can afford it.
  • Another popular time-saver is a medical concierge service.
  • IF nothing else ever made you want to stay in a top-drawer hotel, the services of a senior concierge might do it.
  • Club floors have their own concierge and a lounge serving continental breakfast, drinks, and snacks.
  • Bruised, she goes to the concierge and they call the cops.
  • The concierge at your hotel would be able to help you with some suggestions of who is doing what when and for how much.
  • She is concierge manager and he is public areas executive housekeeper.
  • The development has a lodge with a concierge and business center.
  • These concierge services generally promise exclusive medical care at any time of day and anywhere in the world.
  • Some even supply concierge help for finding a dog walker.
British Dictionary definitions for concierge


/ˌkɒnsɪˈɛəʒ; French kɔ̃sjɛrʒ/
(esp in France) a caretaker of a block of flats, hotel, etc, esp one who lives on the premises
Word Origin
C17: from French, ultimately from Latin conservus, from servus slave
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Word Origin and History for concierge

1640s, from French concierge "caretaker, doorkeeper, porter" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *conservius, from Latin conservus "fellow slave," from com- "with" (see com-) + servius "slave" (see serve (v.)).

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