Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A staff member of a hotel or apartment complex who assists guests or residents, as by handling the storage of luggage, taking and delivering messages, and making reservations for tours.
  • n. A person, especially in France, who lives in an apartment house, attends the entrance, and serves as a janitor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who attends to the wishes of hotel guests.
  • n. One who attends to the maintenance of a building and provides services to its tenants and visitors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who keeps the entrance to an edifice, public or private; a doorkeeper; a janitor, male or female.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In France, one who attends at the entrance of an edifice, public or private; a doorkeeper of a hotel, apartment-house, prison, etc.; a janitor, male or female.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a French caretaker of apartments or a hotel; lives on the premises and oversees people entering and leaving and handles mail and acts as janitor or porter

Etymologies

French, from Old French cumcerges, from Vulgar Latin *cōnservius, alteration of Latin cōnservus, fellow slave : com-, com- + servus, slave.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French concierge (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He doesn't like the term concierge care, which he said conjures images of pricey institutions, such as the Ritz-Carlton.

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  • Can I ask also about, there are more and more primary care physicians who have what they call concierge practices.

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  • Many of these enabling doctors are what I call concierge doctors -- you pay them a monthly fee and you can get anything you demand from them.

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  • When the concierge is asked how they feel about the convention, he responds "There were three other big hotels in the bidding for this ..."

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  • In addition to rides and other favors that volunteers can provide, most villages offer what they call a "concierge service" - a connection to a list of prescreened vendors who can provide discounted services such as plumbing or home repair.

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  • She called the concierge and expressed to him that she wanted to take a tour of São Paulo and wanted the best, English-speaking tour available.

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  • Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers.

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  • One night he calls the concierge to come up to his apartment; Harry arrives only to see the body of a dead woman who had a part in the show.

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  • The lower numbers of well trained primary care physicians may actually improve their job satisfaction by assuming positions where they manage groups of mid-level providers or practice in concierge or cash-only settings where they are seeing patients who will pay more for the privilege of seeing a physician.

    Medpundit

  • She stopped once at the foot of the Tower, because the municipals had to make a procès-verbal to discharge the concierge from the care of her person.

    The Ruin of a Princess

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  • Added to my list so that I can remember how to pronounce it.

    March 5, 2012