AskDefine | Define consort

Dictionary Definition



1 the husband or wife of a reigning monarch
2 a family of similar musical instrument playing together [syn: choir]


1 keep company with; hang out with; "He associates with strange people"; "She affiliates with her colleagues" [syn: associate, affiliate, assort]
2 go together; "The colors don't harmonize"; "Their ideas concorded" [syn: harmonize, harmonise, accord, concord, fit in, agree]
3 keep company; "the heifers run with the bulls ot produce offspring" [syn: run]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a noun
    • (RP): kŏn'sôt, /ˈkɒnsɔːt/, /"kQnsO:t/
    • (US): kän'sôrt, /ˈkɑnsɔrt/, /"kAnsOrt/
  • a verb
    • (RP): kənsôt', /kənˈsɔːt/, /k@n"sO:t/
    • (US): kənsôrt', /kənˈsɔrt/, /k@n"sOrt/


  1. The spouse of a monarch.
  2. A husband, wife, companion or partner.
  3. A ship accompanying another.
  4. Association or partnership.
  5. A group or company, especially of musicians playing the same type of instrument.


spouse of a monarch
husband, wife, companion or partner
ship accompanying another
association or partnership
group or company, especially of musicians playing the same type of instrument


  1. 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. To be in agreement.
  3. To associate or unite in company with.


associate or keep company
be in agreement
associate or unite in company with

Extensive Definition

A consort is a spouse, usually of royalty or of a deity, sometimes slightly inferior in function/status.
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Consort may also refer to:
consort in Norwegian: Gemal
consort in Swedish: Gemål

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