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[kuh n-sawr-shee-uh m, -tee-] /kənˈsɔr ʃi əm, -ti-/
noun, plural consortia
[kuh n-sawr-shee-uh, -tee-uh] /kənˈsɔr ʃi ə, -ti ə/ (Show IPA)
a combination of financial institutions, capitalists, etc., for carrying into effect some financial operation requiring large resources of capital.
any association, partnership, or union.
Law. the legal right of partners in a marriage to companionship and conjugal intercourse with each other:
In a wrongful death action the surviving spouse commonly seeks damages for loss of consortium.
Origin of consortium
1820-30; < Latin: partnership, equivalent to consort- consort + -ium -ium
Related forms
consortial, adjective Unabridged
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  • There is a consortium as regards loans, which will have the power of the purse and will therefore be the real Government of China.

    The Problem of China Bertrand Russell
  • The consortium was not to interfere in the domestic affairs of China.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • China evidently was placated by Lamont with full explanations of what the consortium intended.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • As the Americans are the only people who have much spare capital, they will control the consortium.

    The Problem of China Bertrand Russell
  • The closed shop in international finance has been ushered in, and the union of world bankers is now known as the consortium.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
British Dictionary definitions for consortium


noun (pl) -tia (-tɪə)
an association of financiers, companies, etc, esp one formed for a particular purpose
(law) the right of husband or wife to the company, assistance, and affection of the other
Derived Forms
consortial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: community of goods, partnership; see consort
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Word Origin and History for consortium

1829, from Latin consortium "fellowship, participation, society," from consors (genitive consortis; see consort (n.)). Earlier, in British law, a term for "right of husband's access to his wife."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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