- a husband or wife; spouse, especially of a reigning monarch.Compare prince consort, queen consort.
- one vessel or ship accompanying another.
- a group of instrumentalists and singers who perform music, especially old music.
- 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.
- company or association.
- harmony of sounds.
- to associate; keep company: to consort with known criminals.
- to agree or harmonize.
- to associate, join, or unite.
- to accompany; espouse.
- to sound in harmony.
Origin of consort
Examples from the Web for consorting
Salaka Gikai, 25, was accused of consorting with a married man and sentenced to receive 100 lashes.Women in Timbuktu Were Singled Out During al Qaeda Occupation
February 4, 2013
Inside the Obama administration, he suffered for consorting too much with reporters.An American in Full
December 14, 2010
"Consorting with members of the Peerage," said Addie airily.For the Sake of the School
Morality is blunted by consorting with the Dead who are alive.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
Consorting with the women of the alien race to them is only an indiscretion.Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly
David Bryant Fulton
Why, there was he, consorting with gentlefolks—gay as a lark!Evan Harrington, Complete
Tell me whom you have been consorting with while you have been away.The Wizard's Son, Vol. 2(of 3)
- (intr usually foll by with) to keep company (with undesirable people); associate
- (intr) to agree or harmonize
- (tr) rare to combine or unite
- (esp formerly)
- a small group of instruments, either of the same type, such as viols, (a whole consort) or of different types (a broken consort)
- (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
- companionship or association
- agreement or accord
Word Origin and History for consorting
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.