- 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
- (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 consortion
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.