[ noun kon-sawrt, verb kuh n-sawrt ]
/ noun ˈkɒn sɔrt, verb kənˈsɔrt /
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.
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.
- to accompany; espouse.
- to sound in harmony.
Origin of consort
Related formscon·sort·a·ble, adjectivecon·sort·er, nouncon·sor·tion, nounnon·con·sort·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for consortion
(intr usually foll by with) to keep company (with undesirable people); associate
(intr) to agree or harmonize
(tr) rare to combine or unite
- 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
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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