quartet [kwawr-tet] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for quartet on Thesaurus.com noun
- any group of four persons or things.
- an organized group of four singers or players.
- 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.
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One outside-the-boxer posted the sheet music for Take 5, composed by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet.
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The quartet is presented with a pitcher of syrup, which the waiter advises we apply “temperately, but not timidly.”
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Greengrass told the quartet they had the parts at Shutters Hotel in Santa Monica.
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The quartet noticed that island activity lessened that autumn (Japan surrendered on August 15) but refused to acknowledge defeat.
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Historical Examples of quartet
The quartet in the Beebe store watched his departure from the windows.
Joseph C. Lincoln
They sing a quartet, and with the most complete purity and melody.
The other three members were tools over whom the quartet had obtained some hold.
Freeman Wills Crofts
And as he paused now to decide upon his program, he thought of that quartet.
The quartet had poor Blumpo down on his back and were kicking him as hard as they could.
British Dictionary definitions for quartet quartet quartette noun
- a group of four singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a groupSee string quartet
- 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.