Definition of consortium in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈsôrdēəm/
Pronunciation: /kənˈsôrSH(ē)əm/

noun (plural consortia /-tēə/ /-SH(ē)ə/ or consortiums)

1An association, typically of several business companies.
Example sentences
  • It would move the commissioning of care to local authorities, giving democratic control of the health service to locally elected people, with council consortiums commissioning more complex services.
  • Examples of hybrid organizations include joint ventures and consortia that maximize resources, particularly information exchange between organizations.
  • This would create opportunities for Irish syndicates and consortiums.
association, alliance, coalition, union, league, guild, syndicate, federation, confederation, confederacy, conglomerate, cooperative, combine, partnership, affiliation, organization;
club, society, congress
2 Law The right of association and companionship with one’s husband or wife.
Example sentences
  • I though I read that the cause of action was for some form of loss of consortium - of the husband, that is.
  • The action for loss of consortium in a sense would become irrelevant so far as concerns husbands and wives.
  • The jury also made an award to him for loss of consortium.


Early 19th century (in the sense 'partnership'): from Latin, from consors 'sharing, partner' (see consort1).

  • A consortium is a partnership, from the Latin consors ‘sharing, partner’, from con ‘with’ and sors, sort- ‘lot, destiny’. Consort (Middle English) is from the same word.

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Syllabification: con·sor·ti·um

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