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verb (used with object),con·soled, con·sol·ing.
  1. to alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; give solace or comfort: Even his children could not console him when his wife died.

Origin of console

First recorded in 1685–95; either from French consoler or directly from Latin consōlārī, equivalent to con- con- + sōlārī “to soothe” (see solace); perhaps akin to Old English sǣl “happiness” (see seely)

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See comfort.

Other words from console

  • con·sol·a·ble, adjective
  • con·sol·er, noun
  • in·con·sol·a·ble, adjective
  • un·con·sol·a·ble, adjective
  • un·con·sol·a·bly, adverb
  • un·con·soled, adjective

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Other definitions for console (2 of 2)

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  1. Also called game(s) console, gaming console, video game console . a computer system specially made for playing video games by connecting it to a television or other display for video and sound.

  2. the control or monitoring unit of a computer, containing the keyboard or keys, switches, etc.

  1. a television, phonograph, or radio cabinet designed to stand on the floor rather than on a table or shelf.

  2. a desklike structure containing the keyboards, pedals, etc., by means of which an organ is played.

  3. a small cabinet standing on the floor and having doors.

  4. the control unit of a mechanical, electrical, or electronic system: the console that controls a theater's lighting system.

  5. Architecture. an ornamental corbel or bracket, especially one high in relation to its projection.

  6. Automotive. a tray or container typically divided into compartments, mounted between bucket seats, and used for storing small items.

  7. Nautical. a unit on a vessel containing steering apparatus, systems monitoring equipment, etc.: a bridge console, an engine-room console.

Origin of console

First recorded in 1700–10; from French; Middle French consolle “bracket, support,” apparently shortening of consolateur (attested in Middle French with same sense), literally, “one who consoles” (from Late Latin consōlātor; see console1, -ator), perhaps because such supports served as rests in choir stalls, etc.; cf. misericord Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use console in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for console (1 of 2)


/ (kənˈsəʊl) /

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

Origin of console

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

Derived forms of console

  • consolable, adjective
  • consoler, noun
  • consolingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for console (2 of 2)


/ (ˈkɒnsəʊl) /

  1. an ornamental bracket, esp one used to support a wall fixture, bust, etc

  2. the part of an organ comprising the manuals, pedals, stops, etc

  1. a unit on which the controls of an electronic system are mounted

  2. a cabinet for a television, gramophone, etc, designed to stand on the floor

Origin of 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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