[noun kon-sawrt, verb kuh n-sawrt]


verb (used without object)

to associate; keep company: to consort with known criminals.
to agree or harmonize.

verb (used with object)

to associate, join, or unite.
  1. to accompany; espouse.
  2. to sound in harmony.

Origin of consort

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin consort- (stem of consors) sharer, orig. sharing (adj.). See con-, sort
Related formscon·sort·a·ble, adjectivecon·sort·er, nouncon·sor·tion, nounnon·con·sort·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for consorted

Historical Examples of consorted

  • So I consorted with all I thought to be of authority in these matters.



  • "Sure I do," said Denny, who was not Irish but consorted with common speech.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Such men as Gleason, with whom he consorted, would soon get him into trouble.

    Marion's Faith.

    Charles King

  • Not since his probation as a plebe, had he consorted with such a bunch of "hush-mouths."

    Next Door, Next World

    Robert Donald Locke

  • It is said on the tablets that he consorted with the wild beasts.

British Dictionary definitions for consorted


verb (kənˈsɔːt)

(intr usually foll by with) to keep company (with undesirable people); associate
(intr) to agree or harmonize
(tr) rare to combine or unite

noun (ˈkɒnsɔːt)

(esp formerly)
  1. a small group of instruments, either of the same type, such as viols, (a whole consort) or of different types (a broken consort)
  2. (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
  1. companionship or association
  2. agreement or accord
Derived Formsconsortable, adjectiveconsorter, noun

Word Origin for consort

C15: from Old French, from Latin consors sharer, partner, from sors lot, fate, portion
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Word Origin and History for consorted



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.



1580s, from consort (n.). Related: Consorted; consorting. Confused in form and sense with concert since 1580s.

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