- 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 for consort
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.