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 new bridge has been designed by one of the city’s favorite sons, the architect Renzo Piano, and a consortium of Italian contractors have pledged to complete construction in 12 months — a schedule that has drawn much skepticism. Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, "Last 2 Towers of Genoa Bridge That Collapsed, Killing 43, Are Demolished," 28 June 2019 The city council, however, voted to reject the referendum effort last winter, citing state statutes allowing for municipal trash collection, as well as the city’s binding contract with a consortium of trash hauling companies. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "St. Paul garbage system’s fate to be determined in August; MN Supreme Court hearing scheduled," 28 June 2019 For starters, Libra will be governed independently via a consortium of companies, deflecting the question of trust somewhat. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Hard to Read Facebook’s Libra Fortune," 18 June 2019 Facebook has much work to do in getting the Libra currency ready for its 2020 rollout, which includes building out a blockchain network with an unwieldy consortium of partners. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "How Facebook's Libra Will Turbo-Charge Its Ad Empire," 18 June 2019 Samsung is part of a modest consortium of three manufacturers, called the QLED Alliance, that formed about two years ago. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "OLED or QLED: Which TV Is Right for You?," 4 June 2019 The National Center for Simulation is a consortium of the simulation branches of each of the U.S. military’s branches. Marco Santana, orlandosentinel.com, "National Center for Simulation promotes COO to CEO," 3 June 2019 Instead the city is ignoring this opportunity, blaming citizen activists, and charging forward as if in league with the hauling consortium. John Mannillo And Andy Rorvig |, Twin Cities, "Mannillo, Rorvig: Trash, fees, franchises … St. Paul keeps making costly legal mistakes. Why?," 23 June 2019 The contract would be split among the companies in the consortium. Prinesha Naidoo, BostonGlobe.com, "GE, PowerChina set to build $4 billion Zambia-Zimbabwe plant," 21 June 2019

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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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