There are 2 definitions of consort in English:

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noun

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnsɔːt
 
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  • 1A wife, husband, or companion, in particular the spouse of a reigning monarch: Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert
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    • 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.
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  • 2A ship sailing in company with another.
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    • 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.

verb

Pronunciation: /kənˈsɔːt
 
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[no object] (consort with) Back to top  

Origin

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.

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There are 2 definitions of consort in English:

consort2

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnsɔːt
 
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noun

  • 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 music
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    • 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.

Origin

late 16th century: earlier form of concert.

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