One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A partner or associate.
partner, colleague, co-worker, fellow worker, workmate, compatriot, comrade, friend, ally, supporter, wingman, confederate, connection, contact, acquaintanceView synonyms
- ‘It is with contemporaries and consociates that most of my social traffic occurs.’
- ‘This face-to-face relationship between consociates need not be especially intimate.’
- ‘Consociates are mutually involved in one another's biography.’
- ‘This case, which was well watched by the hospital obstetric clerk, and his consociate, Mr. Davy, was a very interesting one.’
- ‘The support of consociates, who share a common work history, has enabled them "to place their lives in perspective.’
Late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘associated’): from Latin consociatus ‘joined in action’, from the verb consociare, from con ‘together’ + socius ‘sharing, allied’.
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