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[noun kon-sawrt, verb kuh n-sawrt] /noun ˈkɒn sɔrt, verb kənˈsɔrt/
a husband or wife; spouse, especially of a reigning monarch.
one vessel or ship accompanying another.
  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.
a companion, associate, or partner:
a confidant and consort of heads of state.
accord or agreement.
  1. company or association.
  2. harmony of sounds.
verb (used without object)
to associate; keep company:
to consort with known criminals.
to agree or harmonize.
verb (used with object)
to associate, join, or unite.
  1. to accompany; espouse.
  2. to sound in harmony.
Origin of consort
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin consort- (stem of consors) sharer, orig. sharing (adj.). See con-, sort
Related forms
consortable, adjective
consorter, noun
consortion, noun
nonconsorting, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for consorted
Historical Examples
  • "Sure I do," said Denny, who was not Irish but consorted with common speech.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Not since his probation as a plebe, had he consorted with such a bunch of "hush-mouths."

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • Kate nodded slightly, as though to accord as much acquiescence as consorted with great deference.

  • So I consorted with all I thought to be of authority in these matters.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Here, however, it consorted well enough with the lingering qualities of that old pagan civilization still perceptible in Italy.

  • But, it is said, she exhibited a serenity of mind which consorted ill with the idea of guilt.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • Indeed, even the cads with whom Gleason consorted seemed to have become inspired with contempt.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • The name all the senators with whom Clavering consorted, would be invidious.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Doubtless it was due to his not hearing well; it was some years since he had left America, and consorted with people of culture.

    The Grandee Armando Palacio Valds
  • The valiant lords and noble / consorted then by two and two.

British Dictionary definitions for consorted


verb (kənˈsɔːt)
(intransitive) usually foll by with. to keep company (with undesirable people); associate
(intransitive) to agree or harmonize
(transitive) (rare) to combine or unite
noun (ˈkɒnsɔːt)
(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
the husband or wife of a reigning monarch
a partner or companion, esp a husband or wife
a ship that escorts another
  1. companionship or association
  2. agreement or accord
Derived Forms
consortable, adjective
consorter, 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 consorted



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.


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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