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[kuh n-sawr-shee-uh m, -tee-] /kənˈsɔr ʃi əm, -ti-/
noun, plural consortia
[kuh n-sawr-shee-uh, -tee-uh] /kənˈsɔr ʃi ə, -ti ə/ (Show IPA)
a combination of financial institutions, capitalists, etc., for carrying into effect some financial operation requiring large resources of capital.
any association, partnership, or union.
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 of consortium
1820-30; < Latin: partnership, equivalent to consort- consort + -ium -ium
Related forms
consortial, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • The lab leads an industry consortium developing the technology, which will require new electrical systems and batteries.
  • The consortium will provide electronic prescribing free to doctors across the country.
British Dictionary definitions for consortium


noun (pl) -tia (-tɪə)
an association of financiers, companies, etc, esp one formed for a particular purpose
(law) the right of husband or wife to the company, assistance, and affection of the other
Derived Forms
consortial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: community of goods, partnership; see consort
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Word Origin and History for consortium

1829, from Latin consortium "fellowship, participation, society," from consors (genitive consortis; see consort (n.)). Earlier, in British law, a term for "right of husband's access to his wife."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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consortium in Technology

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.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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