console

2
[kon-sohl]

noun


Nearby words

  1. consolation of philosophy, the,
  2. consolation prize,
  3. consolations,
  4. consolato del mare,
  5. consolatory,
  6. console game,
  7. console table,
  8. consolette,
  9. consolidate,
  10. consolidated

Origin of console

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1700–10; < French; Middle French consolle bracket or support, apparently shortening of consolateur (attested in MF with same sense) literally, one who consoles (< Late Latin consōlātor; see console1, -ator), perhaps because such supports served as rests in choir stalls, etc.; cf. misericord

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British Dictionary definitions for game console

console

1

verb

to serve as a source of comfort to (someone) in disappointment, loss, sadness, etc
Derived Formsconsolable, adjectiveconsoler, nounconsolingly, adverb

Word Origin for console

C17: from Latin consōlārī, from sōlārī to comfort; see solace

console

2

noun

an ornamental bracket, esp one used to support a wall fixture, bust, etc
the part of an organ comprising the manuals, pedals, stops, etc
a unit on which the controls of an electronic system are mounted
a cabinet for a television, gramophone, etc, designed to stand on the floor

Word Origin for console

C18: from French, shortened from Old French consolateur one that provides support, hence, supporting bracket, from Latin consōlātor a comforter; see console 1

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Word Origin and History for game console
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