a. The act or an instance of consoling.
b. The state of being consoled.
2. One that consoles; a comfort: Your kindness was a consolation to me in my grief.
3. Sports A second, smaller tournament or round of play for participants who have been eliminated before the final of a tournament, often to determine third and fourth place.
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