- a husband or wife; spouse, especially of a reigning monarch.Compare prince consort, queen consort.
- one vessel or ship accompanying another.
- a group of instrumentalists and singers who perform music, especially old music.
- a group of instruments of the same family, as viols, played in concert.
- a companion, associate, or partner: a confidant and consort of heads of state.
- accord or agreement.
- company or association.
- harmony of sounds.
- to associate; keep company: to consort with known criminals.
- to agree or harmonize.
- to associate, join, or unite.
- to accompany; espouse.
- to sound in harmony.
Origin of consort
Examples from the Web for consort
It was designed, with help from an architect and builder, by her consort Prince Albert.Queen Victoria’s Secret Scottish Sex Castle
August 17, 2014
Once in her stride, she turned her Moomin books into masterpieces of word in consort with image.Tove Jansson, Queen of the Moomins
August 9, 2014
Jan continued to come and go as he pleased at FOB Delhi, free to carry weapons and to consort with his “tea boys.”Why Was Firefighter-Marine Reserve Maj. Jason Brezler Betrayed?
November 19, 2013
Put simply, the 91-year-old consort of the monarch is not looking well.Coronation Celebrations Underway in Sunny London
June 4, 2013
Like his Swedish counterpart, he is said to have a roving eye, which has not gone down well with Sofia, his Greek-born consort.
Brown braiding on a tailor-made jacket does not, however, consort with hay-wagons.American Notes
And of individuals who consort with the mob and seek to please them?The Republic
You haven't happened upon the right sort of consort, that's all.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
She was not only fair, but ready to consort with any suitor who might win her favour.The Memorabilia
And in accordance with the tendency above spoken of, the sun-god has a consort.History of Religion
- (intr usually foll by with) to keep company (with undesirable people); associate
- (intr) to agree or harmonize
- (tr) rare to combine or unite
- (esp formerly)
- a small group of instruments, either of the same type, such as viols, (a whole consort) or of different types (a broken consort)
- (as modifier)consort music
- the husband or wife of a reigning monarch
- a partner or companion, esp a husband or wife
- a ship that escorts another
- companionship or association
- agreement or accord
Word Origin and History for consort
early 15c., "partner," from Middle French consort "colleague, partner, wife" (14c., Old French consorte), from Latin consortem (nominative consors) "partner, comrade; wife, brother, sister," noun use of adjective meaning "having the same lot, of the same fortune," from com- "with" (see com-) + sors "a share, lot" (see sort (n.)). Sense of "husband or wife" ("partner in marriage") is 1630s in English.