What does the word consort mean?

Usage examples for consort

  1. In the evening of last Christmas Day, the Imperial chapel was, as usual, early crowded in expectation of Their Majesties, when the chamberlain, Salmatoris, entered, and said to the captain of the guard, loud enough to be heard by the audience, " The Emperor and the Empress have just resolved not to come here to- night, His Majesty being engaged by some unexpected business, and the Empress not wishing to come without her consort." – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  2. I asked her why she did not make friends with her neighbours, and she said, " D'ye think I'd consort wi' the loike o' them, just Connaught folk?" – Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 by Augustus J. C. Hare