Definitions

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

  • n. An association or a combination, as of businesses, financial institutions, or investors, for the purpose of engaging in a joint venture.
  • n. A cooperative arrangement among groups or institutions: a library consortium.
  • n. An association or society.
  • n. Law The right of a spouse to the company of, help of, affection of, and sexual relations with his or her mate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An association or combination of businesses, financial institutions, or investors, for the purpose of engaging in a joint venture.
  • n. A similar arrangement among non-commercial institutions or organizations.
  • n. An association or society.
  • n. The right of a spouse to all the normal relationships with his or her mate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fellowship; association; union; coalition.

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

  • n. an association of companies for some definite purpose

Etymologies

Latin, fellowship, from cōnsors, cōnsort-, partner; see consort.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin consortio ("bound destiny; the same destiny") prefix con- "with" + noun sortitus ("casting lots", "decide by lots"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "Your inability to have normal marital relations with your spouse as a result of your motorcycle injury is called 'loss of consortium'.
    ...
    A loss of consortium claim is one that results from your (the injured party’s) inability to have sexual intercourse with your spouse either on a temporary basis or permanently, because of your physical injury or due to mental distress caused by your physical injury. Beyond just sexual intercourse, however, loss of consortium could simply mean that the amount and quality of companionship the two of you enjoyed prior to the accident, which was "interrupted" by your injury. For example, you can no longer help care for the kids or the house the way you did before the accident. It may also include the loss of care, affection and companionship between the members of a married couple, either with or without a decrease in sexual intimacy."
    - accident-law.freeadvice.com

    April 6, 2008