- to alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; give solace or comfort: Only his children could console him when his wife died.
Origin of console1
Examples from the Web for consoler
Edward put off his histrionics, and rushed up to her as the consoler—a new part for him.The Golden Age
So they both remained in the gloom side by side—he the consoler and she the healed.A Bride of the Plains</p>
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The consoler of sleepless nights, of weary days; the companion of troubled years!Tales of Unrest
You are the greatest adviser and consoler in all heart troubles.The Twelfth Hour</p>
She was now the protectress and the consoler of a man she admired and revered.
- to serve as a source of comfort to (someone) in disappointment, loss, sadness, etc
- an ornamental bracket, esp one used to support a wall fixture, bust, etc
- the part of an organ comprising the manuals, pedals, stops, etc
- a unit on which the controls of an electronic system are mounted
- same as games console
- a cabinet for a television, gramophone, etc, designed to stand on the floor
- See console table
Word Origin and History for consoler
1690s, from French consoler "to comfort, console," from Latin consolari "offer solace, encourage, comfort, cheer," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + solari "to comfort" (see solace). Or perhaps a back-formation from consolation. The Latin word is glossed in Old English by frefran. Related: Consoled; consoling.
1706, "a cabinet; an ornamental base structure," from French console "a bracket" (16c.), of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle French consolateur, literally "one who consoles," word used for carved human figures supporting cornices, shelves or rails in choir stalls. Another guess connects it to Latin consolidare. Sense evolved to "body of a musical organ" (1881), "radio cabinet" (1925), then "cabinet for a TV, stereo, etc." (1944).