consortium

noun
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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Two competing consortiums of Asian countries — Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, and China, Japan, South Korea and North Korea — are expected to submit bids to host then. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "The World Cup Final’s Unconventional Start Time," 13 July 2018 Especially so, now that another nine companies have joined the consortium, including Instagram, Justpaste.it and LinkedIn. Stuart Macdonald, Scientific American, "How Tech Companies Are Trying to Disrupt Terrorist Social Media Activity," 26 June 2018 But the project hasn’t yet come far enough to generate lessons for the consortium, yet. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Inside Portland's Plan to Battle Traffic Deaths by Hanging 'Smartphones' on Street Lights," 18 June 2018 Yan Fernandez, one of the university scientists leading the collaboration, says UCF will look to scientists beyond their consortium to figure out what cosmic questions Arecibo should pursue. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Puerto Rico's Observatory Is Still Recovering From Hurricane Maria," 15 June 2018 What makes the unsolicited insolvency talk interesting is that until now there has been no such talk about the IGA consortium, which is made up of businesses considered friendly to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Onur Ant, Bloomberg.com, "Financial Strain Seen at World’s Biggest Airport Before It Opens," 3 Apr. 2018 In mid-May, the largest Swedish university library consortium dropped its contract with Elsevier, objecting to the price of database access. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 Big online ad campaigns that target audiences across hundreds or more websites can cross dozens of different ad-tech middlemen, many of whom might not be keen on signing up to a blockchain consortium. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "Big Advertisers Embrace Blockchain to Root Out Digital Spending Waste," 12 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter In particular, the consortium’s researchers have looked at what are known as genome-wide association studies, or GWASs. The Economist, "A big collaboration is trying to understand diseases of the psyche," 28 June 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

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

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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 \
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

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