1

consort

play
noun con·sort \ˈkän-ˌsȯrt\

Definition of consort

  1. 1 :  associate the criminal and his consorts

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

  3. 3 :  spouse — compare prince consort, queen consort

Origin and Etymology of consort

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


First Known Use: 15th century


2

consort

noun con·sort

Definition of consort

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

  2. 2 :  group, assembly a consort of specialists

  3. 3a :  a group of singers or instrumentalists performing togetherb :  a set of musical instruments of the same family

Origin and Etymology of consort

Medieval French consorte, from consort —see 1consort


First Known Use: 1584


3

consort

play
verb con·sort \kən-ˈsȯrt, kän-ˈ, ˈkän-ˌ\

Definition of consort

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  unite, associate

  3. 2 obsolete :  escort

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to keep company consorting with criminals

  6. 2 obsolete :  to make harmony :  play

  7. 3 :  accord, harmonize The illustrations consort admirably with the text. — The Times Literary Supplement (London)

Examples of consort in a sentence

  1. at college she began consorting with drug users, eventually becoming an addict herself

  2. the restaurant's sophisticated menu consorts seamlessly with its sleek, modern ambience

Origin and Etymology of consort

1consort


First Known Use: 1588



CONSORT Defined for Kids

1

consort

play
noun con·sort \ˈkän-ˌsȯrt\

Definition of consort for Students

  1. :  a wife or husband especially of a king or queen


2

consort

play
verb con·sort \kən-ˈsȯrt\

Definition of consort for Students

consorted

;

consorting

  1. :  to spend time with as a companion :  associate



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up consort? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

capable of being understood in two ways

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ