Definition of consort noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    consort

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒnsɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnsɔːrt//
     
     
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  1. 1the husband or wife of a ruler the Prince Consort (= the queen’s husband)
  2. 2a group of old-fashioned musical instruments, or a group of musicians who play music from several centuries ago a solo accompanied by a consort of four viols
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 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. noun sense 2 late 16th cent.: earlier form of concert.
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