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consort

[n. kon-sawrt, v. kuh n-sawrt] /n. ˈkɒn sɔrt, v. kənˈsɔrt/
noun
1.
a husband or wife; spouse, especially of a reigning monarch.
2.
one vessel or ship accompanying another.
3.
Music.
  1. a group of instrumentalists and singers who perform music, especially old music.
  2. a group of instruments of the same family, as viols, played in concert.
4.
a companion, associate, or partner:
a confidant and consort of heads of state.
5.
accord or agreement.
6.
Obsolete.
  1. company or association.
  2. harmony of sounds.
verb (used without object)
7.
to associate; keep company:
to consort with known criminals.
8.
to agree or harmonize.
verb (used with object)
9.
to associate, join, or unite.
10.
Obsolete.
  1. to accompany; espouse.
  2. to sound in harmony.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin consort- (stem of consors) sharer, orig. sharing (adj.). See con-, sort
Related forms
consortable, adjective
consorter, noun
consortion, noun
nonconsorting, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for consortable

consort

verb (kənˈsɔːt)
1.
(intransitive) usually foll by with. to keep company (with undesirable people); associate
2.
(intransitive) to agree or harmonize
3.
(transitive) (rare) to combine or unite
noun (ˈkɒnsɔːt)
4.
(esp formerly)
  1. a small group of instruments, either of the same type, such as viols, (a whole consort) or of different types (a broken consort)
  2. (as modifier): consort music
5.
the husband or wife of a reigning monarch
6.
a partner or companion, esp a husband or wife
7.
a ship that escorts another
8.
(obsolete)
  1. companionship or association
  2. agreement or accord
Derived Forms
consortable, adjective
consorter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Latin consors sharer, partner, from sors lot, fate, portion
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Word Origin and History for consortable

consort

n.

early 15c., "partner," from Middle French consort "colleague, partner, wife" (14c., Old French consorte), from Latin consortem (nominative consors) "partner, comrade; wife, brother, sister," noun use of adjective meaning "having the same lot, of the same fortune," from com- "with" (see com-) + sors "a share, lot" (see sort (n.)). Sense of "husband or wife" ("partner in marriage") is 1630s in English.

v.

1580s, from consort (n.). Related: Consorted; consorting. Confused in form and sense with concert since 1580s.

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Encyclopedia Article for consortable

consort

in music, instrumental ensemble popular in England during the 16th and 17th centuries. The word consort was also used to indicate the music itself and the performance

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