[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.

Nearby words

  1. consonantalize,
  2. consonantism,
  3. consonantize,
  4. consonantly,
  5. consonants,
  6. consortia,
  7. consortium,
  8. conspecific,
  9. conspectus,
  10. consperg.

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

British Dictionary definitions for consortion


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 consortion
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