noun (1)
con·​sort | \ˈkän-ˌsȯrt \

Definition of consort 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : associate the criminal and his consorts

2 : a ship accompanying another … he could see the brown sail and the red sail of their consorts— C. S. Forester


noun (2)

Definition of consort (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : conjunction, association He ruled in consort with his father.

2 : group, assembly a consort of specialists

3a : a group of singers or instrumentalists performing together

b : a set of musical instruments of the same family


con·​sort | \kən-ˈsȯrt, kän-ˈsȯrt, ˈkän-ˌsȯrt\
consorted; consorting; consorts

Definition of consort (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to keep company consorting with criminals

2 obsolete : to make harmony : play

3 : accord, harmonize The illustrations consort admirably with the text.The Times Literary Supplement (London)

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Examples of consort in a Sentence


at college she began consorting with drug users, eventually becoming an addict herself the restaurant's sophisticated menu consorts seamlessly with its sleek, modern ambience

First Known Use of consort

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for consort

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin consort-, consors partner, sharer, from com- + sort-, sors lot, share — more at series

Noun (2)

Middle French consorte, from consort — see consort entry 1


consort entry 1

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The first known use of consort was in the 15th century

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con·​sort | \ˈkän-ˌsȯrt \

Kids Definition of consort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a wife or husband especially of a king or queen


con·​sort | \kən-ˈsȯrt \
consorted; consorting

Kids Definition of consort (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spend time with as a companion : associate

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to make faulty or ineffective

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