con·so·la·tion /ˌkɑ:nsəˈleɪʃən/ noun plural con·so·la·tions
something that makes a person feel less sadness, disappointment, etc. [noncount
] ▪ His apology was of little/no consolation (to me). [=his apology did not make me feel much/any better] ▪ She found/took great consolation [=comfort] in all the cards and letters she received. ▪ If it's any consolation (to you) [=if it helps you to feel better], no one else got much of a raise this year, either.
] ▪ His kind words were a consolation to/for me.
a contest in which people or teams that have previously lost compete against each other — usually used before another noun ▪ a consolation game/match/race