- The definition of a consort is the wife or husband of a reigning king or queen.
Prince Philip is the consort of Queen Elizabeth II.
- To consort is to hang out with or associate with others regularly.
When you spend a lot of time with someone, that person is an example of someone you consort with regularly.
- Obs. a partner; companion
- a wife or husband; spouse, esp. of a reigning king or queen
- a ship that travels along with another
Origin of consortOFr consorte < L consortium, community of goods < consors association; fellowship; company
- agreement; accord
- a 16th-17th-cent. English chamber music ensemble, sometimes including vocalists: term now used in the name of certain chamber ensembles, esp. those specializing in music of the Renaissance
- the music composed for such an ensemble
Origin of consortOld French from Classical Latin consors (gen. consortis), partner, neighbor from com-, with + sors, a share, lot: see sort
- to keep company or associate (with someone, esp. someone considered objectionable, undesirable, etc.): consorting with thieves
- to be in harmony or agreement; be in accord
- to associate; join: usually reflexive
- to accompany or escort
- A husband or wife, especially the spouse of a monarch.
- A companion or partner.
- An animal with which another animal, usually of the opposite sex, forms a bond for a temporary period during which the two individuals maintain close proximity and engage in mating or other sexual behavior.
- A ship accompanying another in travel.
- Partnership; association: governed in consort with her advisers.
- A group; a company: a consort of fellow diplomats.
- Music a. An instrumental ensemble.b. An ensemble using instruments of the same family.
verbcon·sort·ed, con·sort·ing, con·sorts
- To keep company; associate: a politician known to consort with gangsters.
- To be in accord or agreement.
- To unite in company; associate.
- Obsolete a. To escort; accompany.b. To espouse.
Origin of consortMiddle English colleague from Old French from Latin cōnsors cōnsort- com- com- sors fate ; see ser-2 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural consorts)
(third-person singular simple present consorts, present participle consorting, simple past and past participle consorted)
From Middle French