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quartet

noun quar·tet \kwȯr-ˈtet\

Simple Definition of quartet

  • : a group of four singers or musicians who perform together

  • : a song or piece of music performed by four singers or musicians

  • : a group or set of four people or things

Full Definition of quartet

  1. 1 :  a musical composition for four instruments or voices

  2. 2 :  a group or set of four; especially :  the performers of a quartet

Examples of quartet

  1. He is a member of a jazz quartet.

  2. a string quartet by Beethoven

  3. The author wrote a quartet of novels about the same character.



Variants of quartet

also quar·tette play \kwȯr-ˈtet\

Origin of quartet

Italian quartetto, from quarto fourth, from Latin quartus — more at quart


First Known Use: 1773




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