consort

noun (1)
con·​sort | \ ˈkän-ˌsȯrt How to pronounce consort (audio) \

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

consort

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

consort

verb
con·​sort | \ kən-ˈsȯrt How to pronounce consort (audio) , 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

Verb 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

Verb

1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for consort

Noun (1) and Verb

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

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

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consort

noun
con·​sort | \ ˈkän-ˌsȯrt How to pronounce consort (audio) \

Kids Definition of consort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a wife or husband especially of a king or queen

consort

verb
con·​sort | \ kən-ˈsȯrt How to pronounce consort (audio) \
consorted; consorting

Kids Definition of consort (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spend time with as a companion : associate

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