Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Friendly or cooperative association, as between groups or organizations.
  • n. Ecology A subdivision of an association having one dominant species of plant.
  • n. A political arrangement in which various groups, such as ethnic or racial populations within a country or region, share power according to an agreed formula or mechanism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Intimate union; fellowship; alliance; companionship; confederation; association; intimacy.
  • n. A voluntary and permanent council or union of neighboring Congregational churches, for mutual advice and cooperation in ecclesiastical matters; a meeting of pastors and delegates from churches thus united.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Intimate union; fellowship; alliance; companionship; confederation; association; intimacy.
  • n. A voluntary and permanent council or union of neighboring Congregational churches, for mutual advice and coöperation in ecclesiastical matters; a meeting of pastors and delegates from churches thus united.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Intimate association of persons or things; fellowship; alliance; companionship; union.
  • n. In the United States, an ecclesiastical body substituted by some Congregational churches for a council.

Etymologies

From Latin consociatio. (Wiktionary)

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