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Con"sort (?), n. [L. consore, -sortis; con- + sors lot, fate, share. See Sort.]


One who shares the lot of another; a companion; a partner; especially, a wife or husband.


He single chose to live, and shunned to wed, Well pleased to want a consort of his bed. Dryden.

The consort of the queen has passed from this troubled sphere. Thackeray.

The snow-white gander, invariably accompanied by his darker consort. Darwin.

2. Naut.

A ship keeping company with another.


Concurrence; conjunction; combination; association; union.

"By Heaven's consort." Fuller. "Working in consort." Hare.

Take it singly, and is carries an air of levity; but, in consort with the rest, has a meaning quite different. Atterbury.

4. [LL. consortium.]

An assembly or association of persons; a company; a group; a combination.


In one consort there sat Cruel revenge and rancorious despite, Disloyal treason, and heart-burning hate. Spenser.

Lord, place me in thy consort. Herbert.

5. [Perh. confused with concert.]

Harmony of sounds; concert, as of musical instruments.



To make a sad consort`; Come, let us join our mournful song with theirs. Spenser.

Prince consort, the husband of a queen regnant. -- Queen consort, the wife of a king, as distinguished from a queen regnant, who rules alone, and a queen dowager, the widow of a king.


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Con*sort" (?), v. i. [imp. & p.p. Consorted; & vb.n. Consorting.]

To unite or to keep company; to associate; -- used with with.

Which of the Grecian chiefs consorts with thee? Dryden.


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Con*sort", v. t.


To unite or join, as in affection, harmony, company, marriage, etc.; to associate.

He with his consorted Eve. Milton.

For all that pleasing is to living ears Was there consorted in one harmony. Spenser.

He begins to consort himself with men. Locke.


To attend; to accompany.


Thou, wretched boy, that didst consort him here, Shalt with him hence. Shak.


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