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consort

[noun kon-sawrt, verb kuh n-sawrt]
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noun
  1. a husband or wife; spouse, especially of a reigning monarch.Compare prince consort, queen consort.
  2. one vessel or ship accompanying another.
  3. Music.
    1. a group of instrumentalists and singers who perform music, especially old music.
    2. a group of instruments of the same family, as viols, played in concert.
  4. a companion, associate, or partner: a confidant and consort of heads of state.
  5. accord or agreement.
  6. Obsolete.
    1. company or association.
    2. harmony of sounds.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to associate; keep company: to consort with known criminals.
  2. to agree or harmonize.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to associate, join, or unite.
  2. Obsolete.
    1. to accompany; espouse.
    2. to sound in harmony.
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Origin of consort

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin consort- (stem of consors) sharer, orig. sharing (adj.). See con-, sort
Related formscon·sort·a·ble, adjectivecon·sort·er, nouncon·sor·tion, nounnon·con·sort·ing, adjective
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  • Brown braiding on a tailor-made jacket does not, however, consort with hay-wagons.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • And of individuals who consort with the mob and seek to please them?

  • You haven't happened upon the right sort of consort, that's all.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • She was not only fair, but ready to consort with any suitor who might win her favour.

  • And in accordance with the tendency above spoken of, the sun-god has a consort.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies


British Dictionary definitions for consort

consort

verb (kənˈsɔːt)
  1. (intr usually foll by with) to keep company (with undesirable people); associate
  2. (intr) to agree or harmonize
  3. (tr) rare to combine or unite
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noun (ˈkɒnsɔːt)
  1. (esp formerly)
    1. a small group of instruments, either of the same type, such as viols, (a whole consort) or of different types (a broken consort)
    2. (as modifier)consort music
  2. the husband or wife of a reigning monarch
  3. a partner or companion, esp a husband or wife
  4. a ship that escorts another
  5. obsolete
    1. companionship or association
    2. agreement or accord
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Derived Formsconsortable, adjectiveconsorter, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from Latin consors sharer, partner, from sors lot, fate, portion
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Word Origin and History for consort

n.

early 15c., "partner," from Middle French consort "colleague, partner, wife" (14c., Old French consorte), from Latin consortem (nominative consors) "partner, comrade; wife, brother, sister," noun use of adjective meaning "having the same lot, of the same fortune," from com- "with" (see com-) + sors "a share, lot" (see sort (n.)). Sense of "husband or wife" ("partner in marriage") is 1630s in English.

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v.

1580s, from consort (n.). Related: Consorted; consorting. Confused in form and sense with concert since 1580s.

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