- 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.
- company or association.
- harmony of sounds.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to accompany; espouse.
- to sound in harmony.
Origin of consort
Examples from the Web for consorted
He had consorted with idle and graceless companions, and made himself a reproach to the authorities of the college.Peter Binney|Archibald Marshall
A ship from the town of Boston consorted with "some Londoners" with the object of gaining slaves.History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1|George W. Williams
Such men as Gleason, with whom he consorted, would soon get him into trouble.Marion's Faith.|Charles King
Doran held an acknowledged leadership over the men with whom he consorted, and the group willingly preserved silence.The Last Stroke|Lawrence L. Lynch
Obviously, he was better content to trust himself to our mercies than to the ruffians with whom he had consorted.Hurricane Island|H. B. Marriott Watson
British Dictionary definitions for consorted
- 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
- companionship or association
- agreement or accord
Word Origin for consort
Word Origin and History for consorted (1 of 2)
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.