Definition of consortium in English:

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consortium

Pronunciation: /kənˈsɔːtɪəm/

noun (plural consortia /kənˈsɔːtɪə/ /kənˈsɔːʃə/ or consortiums)

1An association, typically of several 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.
2 [mass noun] Law The right of association and companionship with one’s husband or wife: the amount awarded for loss of consortium must be included
More 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.

Origin

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

More
  • 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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Line breaks: con|sor¦tium

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