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[kuh n-sohl]
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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: Only his children could console him when his wife died.
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Origin of console1

1685–95; (< French consoler) < Latin consōlārī, equivalent to con- con- + sōlārī to soothe (see solace); perhaps akin to Old English sǣl happiness (see seely)
Related formscon·sol·a·ble, adjectivecon·sol·er, nouncon·sol·ing·ly, adverbnon·con·sol·a·ble, adjectivenon·con·sol·ing, adjectivenon·con·sol·ing·ly, adverbself-con·sol·ing, adjectiveun·con·sol·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·sol·a·bly, adverbun·con·soled, adjectiveun·con·sol·ing, adjectiveun·con·sol·ing·ly, adverb

Synonym study

See comfort.
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Examples from the Web for consoler

Historical Examples

  • Edward put off his histrionics, and rushed up to her as the consoler—a new part for him.

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • So they both remained in the gloom side by side—he the consoler and she the healed.

    A Bride of the Plains

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • The consoler of sleepless nights, of weary days; the companion of troubled years!

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • You are the greatest adviser and consoler in all heart troubles.

    The Twelfth Hour

    Ada Leverson

  • She was now the protectress and the consoler of a man she admired and revered.

British Dictionary definitions for consoler


  1. to serve as a source of comfort to (someone) in disappointment, loss, sadness, etc
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Derived Formsconsolable, adjectiveconsoler, nounconsolingly, adverb

Word Origin

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


  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
  3. a unit on which the controls of an electronic system are mounted
  4. same as games console
  5. a cabinet for a television, gramophone, etc, designed to stand on the floor
  6. See console table
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Word Origin

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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Word Origin and History for consoler



1690s, from French consoler "to comfort, console," from Latin consolari "offer solace, encourage, comfort, cheer," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + solari "to comfort" (see solace). Or perhaps a back-formation from consolation. The Latin word is glossed in Old English by frefran. Related: Consoled; consoling.

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1706, "a cabinet; an ornamental base structure," from French console "a bracket" (16c.), of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle French consolateur, literally "one who consoles," word used for carved human figures supporting cornices, shelves or rails in choir stalls. Another guess connects it to Latin consolidare. Sense evolved to "body of a musical organ" (1881), "radio cabinet" (1925), then "cabinet for a TV, stereo, etc." (1944).

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