Definition of consortium in English:



  • 1An association, typically of several companies.

    • ‘The foreign sales of weapons manufacturing know-how led to the emergence of international consortiums that set up base in many countries of the world.’
    • ‘In the twentieth century geological surveys over land and sea areas by national institutions and international consortia of oil companies have covered most of the western half of the Arctic basin.’
    • ‘The evaluations will be undertaken by consortia of academic criminologists.’
    • ‘Evidence showing an association between funding and research outcomes is drawn largely from analysing studies with single sponsors rather than consortia of multiple sources.’
    • ‘This was done for fear of leaving the government open to legal action from the various components of the unsuccessful consortia.’
    • ‘Such a case would only come after a successful lawsuit against the government by one of the consortiums that failed to secure the licence in 1995.’
    • ‘For the first time, we're seeing consortiums of competitors come together to work toward eliminating complexity.’
    • ‘Many are forming consortia to share the pain if deals go sour.’
    • ‘The meetings between the project team which oversaw the competition and the defeated consortiums took place in the late spring of 1996.’
    • ‘In the computer and consumer electronics industries, such consortiums are often integral in getting new technologies off the ground.’
    • ‘This would create opportunities for Irish syndicates and consortiums.’
    • ‘Major automobile manufacturers are setting up consortiums for Internet-enabled procurement of auto-assembly materials.’
    • ‘When the project is finished, the consortium breaks up and the separate partners may find themselves competing, possibly in different consortia, for the next project.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each of the six consortiums had powerful foreign telecoms members, large financial support from both international and Irish sources and each included an Irish member.’
    • ‘Examples of hybrid organizations include joint ventures and consortia that maximize resources, particularly information exchange between organizations.’
    • ‘None of the six consortiums has been told to work within specific financial limits and the real extent of the expenditure involved will only emerge when they submit their bids.’
    • ‘The six consortiums all had foreign telecoms expertise, substantial financial backing from both foreign and Irish sources and a recognisable Irish presence on the ground.’
    • ‘With this in mind, it is believed that a number of consortiums are being organised by development land agents at present.’
    • ‘The government received 13 expressions of interest to build a second terminal, many of them from international consortia.’
    alliance, coalition, union, league, guild, syndicate, corporation, federation, confederation, confederacy, conglomerate, cooperative, partnership, amalgamation, merger
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  • 2Law
    mass noun The right of association and companionship with one's husband or wife.

    ‘the amount awarded for loss of consortium must be included’
    • ‘The jury also made an award to him for loss of consortium.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On this basis, consortium could be seen as giving the husband a right to his wife's sexual services and imposing a duty upon her to provide them.’


Early 19th century (in the sense ‘partnership’): from Latin, from consors ‘sharing, partner’ (see consort).