- 1A wife, husband, or companion, in particular the spouse of a reigning monarch: Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince AlbertMore example sentences
- Apart from the reign of William III, consorts of monarchs have had no constitutional significance whatsoever.
- He had lost a fine wife, an elegant consort, a selfless companion.
- Queen Victoria, her consort Prince Albert and the Royal children lined a balcony of Hull's premier hotel and waved to the crowds of children below dutifully singing the National Anthem.
- 2A ship sailing in company with another.More example sentences
- The heavy guns of the besieged ship and her consort boomed out time and again with no luck while the smaller defensive guns were unable to pierce the heavy shields - when they managed to land a hit that is.
- The first ship and its consorts attacked from the port stern and slightly below, and the second ship and its consorts attacked from the starboard bow and slightly above.
- Tirpitz and her consorts had slipped northwards along the Norwegian coast, from where she and her consorts could wreak havoc on a convoy - or break out into the Atlantic to prowl with greater freedom.
- 1Habitually associate with (someone), typically with the disapproval of others: you chose to consort with the enemyMore example sentences
- Maybe he should have thought a little harder before consorting with the enemy.
- My lovely and talented daughter is consorting with the enemy this year, so there should be some competition in the target-shooting and archery events.
- And here was a man who knowingly consorted with the enemy.
late Middle English (denoting a companion or colleague): via French from Latin consors 'sharing, partner', from con- 'together with' + sors, sort- 'lot, destiny'. The verb senses are probably influenced by similar senses (now obsolete) of the verb sort.
- A small group of musicians performing together, typically playing instrumental music of the Renaissance period: a consort of viols [as modifier]: an anthology of Tudor consort musicMore example sentences
- Based in Amsterdam, The Fortuna Consort is an early music group exploring renaissance consort music in the form of recorder trio and lute.
- Music specifically for viol consorts became increasingly sophisticated, with elaborate contrapuntal fantasias or ‘Fancies’.
- They decided to explore renaissance consort music in the form of recorder trio with lute.
late 16th century: earlier form of concert.