con·​sor·​tium | \ kən-ˈsȯr-sh(ē-)əm, -ˈsȯr-tē-əm\
plural consortia\ kən-​ˈsȯr-​sh(ē-​)ə , -​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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But a consortium of US companies, investors, tribes, universities, and legislators have pledged to continue cutting carbon dioxide emissions in line with their commitments under the Paris accord. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World leaders are working out a climate deal in Poland — despite Trump," 14 Dec. 2018 According to a consortium of researchers from the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), the massive subterranean biosphere contains enough organisms to eclipse Earth's oceans nearly twice over. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Vast Ecosystem of Underground Organisms Holds More Life Than Earth's Oceans," 11 Dec. 2018 Both Goldwater and Beacon are part of an umbrella organization called the State Policy Network, a consortium of dozens of free-market think tanks around the country, many of which also argue against home-sharing ordinances in their own states. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "How conservative ‘property rights’ groups are battling cites’ Airbnb rules," 14 Aug. 2018 Foreign Edition Podcast Foreign Edition Podcast The consortium will use the money for grants supposedly to improve news coverage in communities deemed undeserved. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Government Press Corps," 5 Aug. 2018 The annual give-away is sponsored by the Excell Marketing Corporation, a consortium of nearly 200 restaurant supply dealers to which Ramar Supply belongs. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "The Center's new commercial-grade kitchen to honor Homer Glen man who battled heroin addiction," 14 July 2018 Globalgate is a joint consortium of Lionsgate and 10 other leading international content companies which include Germany's Tobis, France's Gaumont, Brazil's Paris Filmes and Colombia’s Cine Colombia, among others. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Amit Dhanuka Appointed to Grow Lionsgate, Starz Brands in India (Exclusive)," 31 May 2018 In February, the French government halted the sale of Toulouse airport to a Chinese consortium. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "Germany Tightens Foreign Acquisition Rules Amid China’s Push for Technology Deals," 16 Dec. 2018 Gmail and other types of Google accounts currently have the ability to work with keys that conform to U2F, a standard developed by an industry consortium known as the Fido Alliance. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Iranian phishers bypass 2fa protections offered by Yahoo Mail and Gmail," 13 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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English Language Learners Definition of consortium

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


con·​sor·​tium | \ kən-ˈsȯr-shəm; -shē-əm \
plural consortia\ -​shə, -​shē-​ə \ 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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