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

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  • If Japan joins whole-heartedly in the consortium, she may be the greatest gainer.

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  • But the question is bound to arise: why continue the consortium if it isnt doing anything?

  • But there is a larger phase of the consortium concerning which I think apprehensions may reasonably be entertained.

  • The specific protests of Chinese in this countrymainly Cantoneseagainst the consortium seem to me mainly based on misapprehension.

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."

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