quartet [kwawr-tet] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for quartet on Thesaurus.com noun

  1. any group of four persons or things.
  2. an organized group of four singers or players.
  3. a musical composition for four voices or instruments.

Also especially British, quar·tette. Origin of quartet 1765–75; Italian quartetto, diminutive of quarto Latin quartus fourth Related Words for quartet chorus, trio, cast, orchestra, band, troupe, assemblage, quintet, sextet, choir, quartet, tetralogy, tetrad, quaternity, quadrivium, quadruplet, quadruple, quaternion, quaternary, quadrumvirate Examples from the Web for quartet Contemporary Examples of quartet

  • And he, like the other men in the quartet of so-called “sure things,” delivers a stunning, awards-worthy performance in his film.

    Why Does Oscar Hate Young Men?

    Kevin Fallon

    November 9, 2014

  • One outside-the-boxer posted the sheet music for Take 5, composed by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet.

    Most Creative ‘Net Neutrality’ Comments on the FCC Website

    Abby Haglage

    June 9, 2014

  • The quartet is presented with a pitcher of syrup, which the waiter advises we apply “temperately, but not timidly.”

    The Hunt for New Orleans’s Secret Dish

    Jane & Michael Stern

    April 6, 2014

  • Greengrass told the quartet they had the parts at Shutters Hotel in Santa Monica.

    Barkhad Abdi: From Limo Driver to Oscar Contender

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    February 23, 2014

  • The quartet noticed that island activity lessened that autumn (Japan surrendered on August 15) but refused to acknowledge defeat.

    The Week in Death: The Last to Surrender

    The Telegraph

    January 19, 2014

  • Historical Examples of quartet

  • The quartet in the Beebe store watched his departure from the windows.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • They sing a quartet, and with the most complete purity and melody.

    Strife and Peace

    Fredrika Bremer

  • The other three members were tools over whom the quartet had obtained some hold.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate

    Freeman Wills Crofts

  • And as he paused now to decide upon his program, he thought of that quartet.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy

    Eleanor Gates

  • The quartet had poor Blumpo down on his back and were kicking him as hard as they could.

    The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview

    Ralph Bonehill

  • British Dictionary definitions for quartet quartet quartette noun

    1. a group of four singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a groupSee string quartet
    2. any group of foura quartet of fast bowlers

    Word Origin for quartet C18: from Italian quartetto, diminutive of quarto fourth Word Origin and History for quartet n.

    1773, “musical composition for four instruments or voices,” from French quartette, from Italian quartetto, diminutive of quarto “fourth,” from Latin quartus “fourth” (see quart). Meaning “set of four singers or musical performers” is from 1814.

    quartet in Culture quartet

    A group of four musicians or singers; also, a piece of music for four instruments or voices.

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