consortium

[kuh n-sawr-shee-uh m, -tee-]

noun, plural con·sor·ti·a [kuh n-sawr-shee-uh, -tee-uh] /kənˈsɔr ʃi ə, -ti ə/.

a combination of financial institutions, capitalists, etc., for carrying into effect some financial operation requiring large resources of capital.
any association, partnership, or union.
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
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Historical Examples of consortium

  • 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

consortium

noun plural -tia (-tɪə)

an association of financiers, companies, etc, esp one formed for a particular purpose
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
n.

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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