quad·​ran·​gle | \ˈkwä-ˌdraŋ-gəl \

Definition of quadrangle 

2a : a 4-sided enclosure especially when surrounded by buildings

b : the buildings enclosing a quadrangle

3 : a tract of country represented by one of a series of map sheets

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Other Words from quadrangle

quadrangular \ kwä-​ˈdraŋ-​gyə-​lər \ adjective

Synonyms for quadrangle


close, court, courtyard, enclosure (also inclosure), patio, quad, yard

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Examples of quadrangle in a Sentence

since the weather was sunny, the convocation was held outside in the college's quadrangle

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Practiced in the art of ceremony, the queen directed Mr. Trump around the quadrangle as the two participated in an inspection of her honor guard. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "From Truman to Trump, Queen Elizabeth Has Met 12 U.S. Presidents," 13 July 2018 Fields used in pickup games range from manicured grass to informal quadrangles etched into the dirt — many next to ancient cemeteries, religious complexes and the remnants of pre-colonial neighborhoods. Washington Post, "Soccer amid ruins: World Cup inspires unusual fields in Peru," 20 June 2018 Boarding school conjures a certain image: children in preppy blazers, leafy quadrangles in New England and tuition that costs more than many families earn in a year. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Building L.A.'s rail system will create thousands of jobs. Can a transportation boarding school fill them?," 18 June 2018 His gaze took in the sun-beaten, gray adobe buildings, all one-story structures, that rimmed the vacant quadrangle. Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Elmore Leonard: Westerns' celebrates Leonard's mastery of the genre," 5 June 2018 The queen's private apartments are in another end of the castle quadrangle. Nancy Nathan, chicagotribune.com, "At Windsor Castle, a look at Harry and Meghan's (relatively) low-key wedding site," 16 Apr. 2018 That's a lie, and merely a weak attempt at a positive spin during these sad, desperate sports times for our quadrangle of losers. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "When it comes to the Rangers' demise, blame starts at the very top," 14 Apr. 2018 While the exterior details are consistently faux, the residential interiors are more Courtyard by Marriott than Princeton quadrangle. Christopher Hawthorne, latimes.com, "College campuses are constructing buildings that look like they're straight out of Harry Potter's world," 21 Dec. 2017 The site is now a humble gray quadrangle, encircled by university research facilities and libraries. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How the First Man-Made Nuclear Reactor Reshaped Science and Society," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of quadrangle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quadrangle

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin quadriangulum, from Latin, neuter of quadriangulus quadrangular, from quadri- + angulus angle

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English Language Learners Definition of quadrangle

geometry : a flat shape that has four sides and four angles

: an open square or rectangular area at a college, school, etc., that is surrounded by buildings on all four sides


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