Meaning of hors concours in English:

hors concours

Pronunciation /ˌɔː kɒ̃ˈkʊə/


  • 1Engaged in a contest but not competing for a prize.

    ‘he has won the maximum of three gold medals and has been designated hors concours’
    • ‘The programme in the Berlinale Palast will be rounded off by five more productions running hors concours.’
    • ‘With few events fitting in to the Team's competitive calendar, Lucinda rode Tennyson and Koyuna Sun-Glo hors concours to give them each a novice run, while Prada was once again in with a genuine shout at the top spoils.’
    • ‘The Trieste Contemporanea Committee for 2006 intends to invite hors concours a group of designers to present a project or a prototype for a glass jewel.’
    • ‘All the glass prototypes made from the selected and winning projects, as well as those presented by the invited hors concours designers, in accordance with art.5 above, will be exhibited in Italy and abroad under the care of the Trieste Contemporanea Committee.’
    • ‘Now, that may seem harsh, and for those who suggested, ‘Allow the rider to go out and learn the test and come back in and ride hors concours,’ remember the Rider must enter the competition hors concours.’
  • 2 literary Unrivalled; unequalled.

    • ‘they were full of praise for other people's children, but with the reserve that of course Cyril was hors concours’
    unmatched, unrivalled, unparalleled, unequalled, matchless, peerless, without peer, without equal, in a class of its own, all-time best, inimitable, incomparable, beyond compare, beyond comparison, second to none, unsurpassable, surpassing, nonpareil


French, literally ‘out of the competition’.