consolation-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: a source of comfort or solace

Commentary: CONSOLATION[+relation][+role][+source][+solace]
NOTE: refers to anything which serves to comfort or give solace.

Her consolation of the crying child consisted of treating him to a chocolate sundae.
Her faith was a consolation to her in times of trouble.
John's kindness was a consolation to the bereaved parents.
A going-away lunch was small consolation to Mary after being laid off from work.
There was some consolation in knowing that other students had also failed the exam.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: a competition for runner-up contestants

Commentary: CONSOLATION[+event][+competition][+tournament][+runner_up]
NOTE: always refers to a competition event with contestants not in the top running.

Their team received the consolation prize at the national competition.
The losers will face off in a consolation game.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1b

Sense Number 3: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)