quarte [kahrt; French kart] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural quartes [kahrts; French kart] /kɑrts; French kart/. Fencing.

  1. the fourth of eight defensive positions.

Origin of quarte 1690–1700; French, feminine of quart fourth Latin quartus Examples from the Web for quarte Historical Examples of quarte

  • The steel sung with our quick changes from ‘quarte’ to ‘tierce’.

    Richard Carvel, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • The left-hander prefers to take the inside engagement, that is to say quarte.

    Secrets of the Sword

    Csar Lecat de Bazancourt

  • This parry is, together with “quarte,” the most important of all.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5


  • The quarte, so called from being the fourth part of the chenet, which contained four pots and one French pint.

    Early Travels in Palestine

    Arculf et al.

  • For one quarte of sacke, bestowed on Mr. Jellet, when he preached, 2s.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 12, Issue 332, September 20, 1828


  • British Dictionary definitions for quarte quarte noun

    1. the fourth of eight basic positions from which a parry or attack can be made in fencing

    Word Origin for quarte C18: from French, fem of quart a quarter

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