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

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Examples of consortium in a Sentence

A Japanese consortium invested millions in the technology. a consortium for the prevention of animal cruelty

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The Event Horizon Telescope consortium unveiled its first black hole image today. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "We've Seen a Black Hole Directly for the First Time," 10 Apr. 2019 These were initially proposed by Apple in March, and the consortium largely accepted the proposal. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Emoji couples might come in 55 gender and skin tone combinations next year," 9 Aug. 2018 Companies that wish to join the consortium can do so at VirtualLink.org, which for right now resolves to a Google Sites address. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Virtual reality giants unveil VirtualLink as a standardized cable that may simplify VR rigs," 17 July 2018 The satellite was designed, built and manufactured by a consortium of leading space companies and research institutions, led by the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey in England. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Largest satellite to date deployed from International Space Station," 20 June 2018 The consortium was formed in 2003 by the leaders from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, UC, TriHealth, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and UC Health. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Demolition planned for Wednesday morning at corner of MLK, Reading Road," 5 June 2018 The purchase of the chip unit of Toshiba, a troubled Japanese company, by a consortium led by Bain Capital, an American private-equity firm, is similarly awaiting sign-off from China. The Economist, "Antitrust with Chinese characteristics," 26 Apr. 2018 The Palestinians, pleased at being invited into the consortium, hope to develop their own gas fields off the coast of Gaza but for now are required by international agreements to acquire their fuel from Israel. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Natural gas fields give Israel a regional political boost," 23 Jan. 2019 The experts include members of Harvard, MIT, Stanford, the nonprofit OpenAI, and the Partnership on AI industry consortium, among others, and they were put together as part of the second annual AI Index. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The AI boom is happening all over the world, and it’s accelerating quickly," 12 Dec. 2018

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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

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consortium

noun

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

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