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CONSORT, noun [Latin , sort, state, kind.]

1. A companion; a partner; an intimate associate; particularly, a partner of the bed; a wife or husband.

He single chose to live, and shunnd to wed, well pleased to want a consort of his bed.

2. An assembly or association of persons, convened for consultation.

3. Union; conjunction; concurrence.

4. A number of instruments played together; a symphony; a concert. In this sense, concert is now used.

5. In navigation, any vessel keeping company with another.

Queen consort the wife of a king, as distinguished from a queen regent, who rules alone, and a queen dowager, the widow of a king.

CONSORT, verb intransitive To associate; to unite in company; to keep company; followed by with.

Which of the Grecian chiefs consorts with thee.

CONSORT, verb transitive

1. To join; to marry.

With his consorted Eve.

2. To unite in company.

He begins to consort himself with men.

3. To accompany. [Not used.]