consortium

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noun con·sor·tium \kən-ˈsȯr-sh(ē-)əm, -ˈsȯr-tē-əm\

Definition of consortium

plural

consortia

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consortiums

  1. 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.

  2. 2 :  association, society

  3. 3 :  the legal right of one spouse to the company, affection, and assistance of and to sexual relations with the other

Examples of consortium in a sentence

  1. A Japanese consortium invested millions in the technology.

  2. a consortium for the prevention of animal cruelty

Origin and Etymology of consortium

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


First Known Use: 1829


CONSORTIUM Defined for English Language Learners

consortium

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noun con·sor·tium \kən-ˈsȯr-sh(ē-)əm, -ˈsȯr-tē-əm\

Definition of consortium for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

consortium

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noun con·sor·tium \kən-ˈsȯr-shəm; -shē-əm\

Legal Definition of consortium

plural

consortia

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consortiums

  1. 1 :  an agreement, combination, or group (as of companies) formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of consortium

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



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