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consort

See also: Consort

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From Middle French

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consort (countable and uncountable, plural consorts)

  1. The spouse of a monarch.
  2. A husband, wife, companion or partner.
    • Dryden
      He single chose to live, and shunned to wed, / Well pleased to want a consort of his bed.
    • Thackeray
      The consort of the queen has passed from this troubled sphere.
    • Darwin
      the snow-white gander, invariably accompanied by his darker consort
  3. A ship accompanying another.
  4. (uncountable) Association or partnership.
    • Atterbury
      Take it singly, and it carries an air of levity; but, in consort with the rest, has a meaning quite different.
  5. A group or company, especially of musicians playing the same type of instrument.
    • Spenser
      In one consort there sat / Cruel revenge and rancorous despite, / Disloyal treason, and heart-burning hate.
    • Herbert
      Lord, place me in thy consort.
  6. (obsolete) Harmony of sounds; concert, as of musical instruments.
    • Spenser
      To make a sad consort, / Come, let us join our mournful song with theirs.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

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consort (third-person singular simple present consorts, present participle consorting, simple past and past participle consorted)

  1. (intransitive) To associate or keep company.
    • 1961, J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato," Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, vol. 92, p. 457,
      Being itself inferior and consorting with an inferior faculty it begets inferior offspring.
  2. (intransitive) To be in agreement.
  3. (intransitive) To associate or unite in company with.
    • Dryden
      Which of the Grecian chiefs consorts with thee?

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consort f (plural consorts)

  1. consort
  2. (plural only, proceeded by et) minions, associates; the likes
    Facebook, Myspace et consorts.
    Facebook, Myspace and the likes.

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