Learner's definition of CONSOLATION
something that makes a person feel less sadness, disappointment, etc.
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.
a contest in which people or teams that have previously lost compete against each other
— usually used before another noun