consortium

noun
con·​sor·​tium | \ kən-ˈsȯr-sh(ē-)əm How to pronounce consortium (audio) , -ˈsȯr-tē-əm \
plural consortia\ kən-​ˈsȯr-​sh(ē-​)ə How to pronounce consortia (audio) , -​ˈsȯr-​tē-​ə \ also consortiums

Definition of consortium

1 : an agreement, combination, or group (as of companies) formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member A consortium of researchers decoded the honeybee genome.
3 : the legal right of one spouse to the company, affection, and assistance of and to sexual relations with the other

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of consortium in a Sentence

A Japanese consortium invested millions in the technology. a consortium for the prevention of animal cruelty
Recent Examples on the Web In the latest in a string of deals designed to build scale and cut costs, a consortium led by Euronext this month agreed to buy Borsa Italiana Group from London Stock Exchange Group for around €4.33 billion, equivalent to about $5.1 billion. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Technical Glitch Disrupts Trading on Major European Exchanges," 19 Oct. 2020 One component of animal health that largely reflects the surrounding environment is the microbiome, the consortium of microbes now known to aid in food digestion, regulating the immune system and protecting against pathogens. Sasha Greenspan, The Conversation, "Climate warming is altering animals’ gut microbes, which are critical to their health and survival," 28 Sep. 2020 The consortium, known as GUPC, was the contractor selected for the biggest project in the canal extension program. Charles Penty, Bloomberg.com, "Builder Group Told to Repay $240 Million in Panama Canal Dispute," 26 Sep. 2020 Allaire pointed in particular to Facebook, which is backing a consortium called Libra that plans to issue a global digital currency that will be backed by US dollars or by a basket of major currencies. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Feds’ ‘stablecoin’ letter may boost crypto ambitions of Facebook, Square," 22 Sep. 2020 Communities within the county are part of a consortium that seeks out a lower group rate for recycling and rubbish collection for the communities as a whole. cleveland, "Despite higher costs, Pepper Pike will pay to continue recycling," 23 Aug. 2020 Baker said other theaters in the Art House Convergence, a nationwide consortium of independent theaters that Salt Lake Film Society helped found, also closed that weekend. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Hollywood is ready for theaters to reopen. Are Utah moviegoers?," 21 Aug. 2020 The $7 billion project will instead be delayed until early next year, the director of the consortium said earlier this month. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "JFK Needs $3 Billion in Order to Move Forward With Construction," 20 Aug. 2020 Bell is a member of a consortium of ecologists and wildlife biologists that have put out a conservation plan to study parasites in more detail, protect them, and treat them with a bit of, well, respect. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Should We Conserve Parasites? Apparently, Yes," 13 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'consortium.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of consortium

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consortium

Latin, fellowship, from consort-, consors — see consort entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about consortium

Time Traveler for consortium

Time Traveler

The first known use of consortium was in 1829

See more words from the same year

Statistics for consortium

Last Updated

22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Consortium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consortium. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for consortium

consortium

noun
How to pronounce consortium (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of consortium

: a group of people, companies, etc., that agree to work together

consortium

noun
con·​sor·​tium | \ kən-ˈsȯr-shəm; -shē-əm How to pronounce consortium (audio) \
plural consortia\ -​shə, -​shē-​ə How to pronounce consortia (audio) \ also consortiums

Legal Definition of consortium

1 : an agreement, combination, or group (as of companies) formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member
2 [Medieval Latin, marital partnership, from Latin] : the right of one spouse to the company, affection, and assistance of and to sexual relations with the other also : the right of a parent or child to the company, affection, and assistance of the other suing for loss of consortium — compare society

History and Etymology for consortium

Latin, sharing, partnership, from consort-, consors sharer, partner

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on consortium

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!