[ kuh n-sawr-shee-uh m, -tee- ]
/ kənˈsɔr ʃi əm, -ti- /

noun, plural con·sor·ti·a [kuh n-sawr-shee-uh, -tee-uh] /kənˈsɔr ʃi ə, -ti ə/.

a combination of financial institutions, capitalists, etc., for carrying into effect some financial operation requiring large resources of capital.
any association, partnership, or union.
Law. the legal right of partners in a marriage to companionship and conjugal intercourse with each other: In a wrongful death action the surviving spouse commonly seeks damages for loss of consortium.

Nearby words

  1. consonantize,
  2. consonantly,
  3. consonants,
  4. consort,
  5. consortia,
  6. conspecific,
  7. conspectus,
  8. consperg.,
  9. conspicuity,
  10. conspicuity tape

Origin of consortium

1820–30; < Latin: partnership, equivalent to consort- consort + -ium -ium

Related formscon·sor·ti·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for consortial


/ (kənˈsɔːtɪəm) /

noun plural -tia (-tɪə)

an association of financiers, companies, etc, esp one formed for a particular purpose
law the right of husband or wife to the company, assistance, and affection of the other
Derived Formsconsortial, adjective

Word Origin for consortium

C19: from Latin: community of goods, partnership; see consort

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Word Origin and History for consortial



1829, from Latin consortium "fellowship, participation, society," from consors (genitive consortis; see consort (n.)). Earlier, in British law, a term for "right of husband's access to his wife."

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