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[kon-solz, kuh n-solz] /ˈkɒn sɒlz, kənˈsɒlz/
plural noun, Sometimes, consol.
the funded government securities of Great Britain that originated in the consolidation in 1751 of various public securities, chiefly in the form of annuities, into a single debt issue without maturity.
Also called bank annuities.
Origin of consols
short for consolidated annuities Unabridged
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  • If the consols were at 60 we should be again bellowing, God save the King!

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Told me to stick to consols, and that the lesson was cheap at the price.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Besides the building, an endowment of £8,000 in consols was left by the founder.

    Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • consols, for the sole use and benefit of his granddaughter, Caroline Harcourt.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • The price of consols was so high, and he had such a lot of money in them.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • So might a man say, "I've not much ready money, but I've a million or two in consols."

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts
  • consols stood at 68; harvest indifferent; wheat averaged 97s.

  • In 1896 these charges could only be met by a sum of 11,000l. invested in consols.

    The Dwelling House George Vivian Poore
  • consols—which would have been—I mean, which was meant for younger children.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • And it's money in consols, mind you, as safe as the Bank of England.

    A Sister of the Red Cross Mrs. L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for consols


/ˈkɒnsɒlz; kənˈsɒlz/
plural noun
irredeemable British government securities carrying annual interest rates of two and a half or four per cent Also called bank annuities
Word Origin
short for consolidated stock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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