[ kuh n-sohl ]
/ kənˈsoʊl /

verb (used with object), con·soled, con·sol·ing.

to alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; give solace or comfort: Only his children could console him when his wife died.

Origin of console

1685–95; (< French consoler) < Latin consōlārī, equivalent to con- con- + sōlārī to soothe (see solace); perhaps akin to Old English sǣl happiness (see seely)


synonym study for console

See comfort. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for consolable

  • And therefore, if you won't let me call him changeable, I'll coin a word and call him consolable!

    Wives and Daughters|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • What a good saint is our Ignatius, exclaimed the consolable widow, he bestows on us more benefits than we ask for!

British Dictionary definitions for consolable (1 of 2)

/ (kənˈsəʊl) /


to serve as a source of comfort to (someone) in disappointment, loss, sadness, etc

Derived forms of console

consolable, adjectiveconsoler, nounconsolingly, adverb

Word Origin for console

C17: from Latin consōlārī, from sōlārī to comfort; see solace

British Dictionary definitions for consolable (2 of 2)

/ (ˈkɒnsəʊl) /


an ornamental bracket, esp one used to support a wall fixture, bust, etc
the part of an organ comprising the manuals, pedals, stops, etc
a unit on which the controls of an electronic system are mounted
a cabinet for a television, gramophone, etc, designed to stand on the floor

Word Origin for console

C18: from French, shortened from Old French consolateur one that provides support, hence, supporting bracket, from Latin consōlātor a comforter; see console 1
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