consortium

[kuhn-sawr-shee-uhm, -tee-]
noun, plural consortia [kuhn-sawr-shee-uh, -tee-uh] .
1.
a combination of financial institutions, capitalists, etc., for carrying into effect some financial operation requiring large resources of capital.
2.
any association, partnership, or union.
3.
Law. the legal right of partners in a marriage to companionship and conjugal intercourse with each other: In a wrongful death action the surviving spouse commonly seeks damages for loss of consortium.

Origin:
1820–30; < Latin: partnership, equivalent to consort- consort + -ium -ium

consortial, adjective
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consortium (kənˈsɔːtɪəm)
 
n , pl -tia
1.  an association of financiers, companies, etc, esp one formed for a particular purpose
2.  law the right of husband or wife to the company, assistance, and affection of the other
 
[C19: from Latin: community of goods, partnership; see consort]
 
con'sortial
 
adj

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consortium
1829, from L. consortium, lit. "partnership," from consors (see consort (v.)). Earlier, in British law, a term for "right of husband's access to his wife."
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consortium definition

body
A group of two or more companies, educational institutions, governments or other bodies with some shared purpose.
Examples from computing include the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Apache Software Foundation, The Open Group, X Consortium.
(2009-06-05)

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Example sentences
Each involves a different consortium of presses with particular interest in
  that area.
The consortium duly committed itself to another round of green good works.
He will probably be part of a consortium bidding to take the firm private.
He wants to put together a consortium of five companies.
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