from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A husband or wife, especially the spouse of a monarch.
  • noun A companion or partner.
  • noun An animal with which another animal, usually of the opposite sex, forms a bond for a temporary period during which the two individuals maintain close proximity and engage in mating or other sexual behavior.
  • noun A ship accompanying another in travel.
  • noun Partnership; association.
  • noun A group; a company.
  • noun An instrumental ensemble.
  • noun An ensemble using instruments of the same family.
  • intransitive verb To keep company; associate.
  • intransitive verb To be in accord or agreement.
  • intransitive verb To unite in company; associate.
  • intransitive verb To escort; accompany.
  • intransitive verb To espouse.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A companion; a partner; an intimate associate; particularly, a wife or a husband; a spouse.
  • noun Nautical, a vessel keeping company with another, or one of a number of vessels sailing in conjunction
  • noun An assembly or company.
  • noun Specifically A company of musicians; an orchestra.
  • noun Concert; concurrence; agreement.
  • To associate; unite in company; keep company; be in harmony: followed by with.
  • To join; marry; espouse.
  • To unite in company; associate: followed by with.
  • To unite in symphony or harmony.
  • To accompany.
  • noun A former spelling of concert, by confusion with consort.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who shares the lot of another; a companion; a partner; especially, a wife or husband.
  • noun (Naut.) A ship keeping company with another.
  • noun Concurrence; conjunction; combination; association; union.
  • noun obsolete An assembly or association of persons; a company; a group; a combination.
  • noun obsolete Harmony of sounds; concert, as of musical instruments.
  • noun the husband of a queen regnant.
  • noun the wife of a king, as distinguished from a queen regnant, who rules alone, and a queen dowager, the window of a king.
  • intransitive verb To unite or to keep company; to associate; -- used with with.
  • transitive verb To unite or join, as in affection, harmony, company, marriage, etc.; to associate.
  • transitive verb obsolete To attend; to accompany.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The spouse of a monarch.
  • noun A husband, wife, companion or partner.
  • noun A ship accompanying another.
  • noun uncountable Association or partnership.
  • noun A group or company, especially of musicians playing the same type of instrument.
  • verb intransitive To associate or keep company.
  • verb intransitive To be in agreement.
  • verb intransitive To associate or unite in company with.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb keep company
  • verb go together
  • noun a family of similar musical instrument playing together
  • noun the husband or wife of a reigning monarch
  • verb keep company with; hang out with


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

[Middle English, colleague, from Old French, from Latin cōnsors, cōnsort- : com-, com- + sors, fate; see ser- in Indo-European roots.]


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