[kuh n-sawr-shee-uh m, -tee-]
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noun, plural con·sor·ti·a [kuh n-sawr-shee-uh, -tee-uh] /kənˈsɔr ʃi ə, -ti ə/.
  1. a combination of financial institutions, capitalists, etc., for carrying into effect some financial operation requiring large resources of capital.
  2. any association, partnership, or union.
  3. 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.

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. 2018

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  • The consortium was not to interfere in the domestic affairs of China.

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

  • If Japan joins whole-heartedly in the consortium, she may be the greatest gainer.

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

  • But the question is bound to arise: why continue the Consortium if it isnt doing anything?

  • But there is a larger phase of the Consortium concerning which I think apprehensions may reasonably be entertained.

  • The specific protests of Chinese in this countrymainly Cantoneseagainst the Consortium seem to me mainly based on misapprehension.

British Dictionary definitions for consortium


noun plural -tia (-tɪə)
  1. an association of financiers, companies, etc, esp one formed for a particular purpose
  2. 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 consortium

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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