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

  • n. A husband or wife, especially the spouse of a monarch.
  • n. A companion or partner.
  • n. A ship accompanying another in travel.
  • n. Partnership; association: governed in consort with her advisers.
  • n. A group; a company: a consort of fellow diplomats.
  • n. Music An instrumental ensemble.
  • n. Music An ensemble using instruments of the same family.
  • intransitive v. To keep company; associate: a politician known to consort with gangsters.
  • intransitive v. To be in accord or agreement.
  • transitive v. To unite in company; associate.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To escort; accompany.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To espouse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who shares the lot of another; a companion; a partner; especially, a wife or husband.
  • n. A ship keeping company with another.
  • n. Concurrence; conjunction; combination; association; union.
  • n. An assembly or association of persons; a company; a group; a combination.
  • n. Harmony of sounds; concert, as of musical instruments.
  • intransitive v. To unite or to keep company; to associate; -- used with with.
  • transitive v. To unite or join, as in affection, harmony, company, marriage, etc.; to associate.
  • transitive v. To attend; to accompany.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. A companion; a partner; an intimate associate; particularly, a wife or a husband; a spouse.
  • n. Nautical, a vessel keeping company with another, or one of a number of vessels sailing in conjunction
  • n. An assembly or company.
  • n. Specifically A company of musicians; an orchestra.
  • n. Concert; concurrence; agreement.
  • n. A former spelling of concert, by confusion with consort.

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

  • v. keep company
  • v. go together
  • n. a family of similar musical instrument playing together
  • n. the husband or wife of a reigning monarch
  • v. 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-2 in Indo-European roots.



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