qua·​dru·​plet | \ kwä-ˈdrü-plət How to pronounce quadruplet (audio) , -ˈdrə- How to pronounce quadruplet (audio) ; ˈkwä-drə-plət \

Definition of quadruplet

1 : a combination of four of a kind
2 : one of four offspring produced in the same pregnancy
3 : a group of four musical notes to be performed in the time ordinarily given to three of the same kind

Examples of quadruplet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jenny calls Harrison and Hudson the bread of the quadruplet sandwich. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, 8 Apr. 2021 Some experts say the chances of identical quadruplets are 11 million to 1; others put them at 15 million. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, 20 May 2020 Originally, the roles were shared by their quadruplet siblings, but Lorenzo and Nikolas eventually took over as Sam and David full time. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2020 The outburst was intended for 10-year-old fraternal quadruplet brothers, who have achieved notoriety for posting music to their ZN8tion Instagram account, which boasts over 143,000 followers. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 4 Sep. 2019 The brothers, who are quadruplets, shared the roles with their brother Zachary and sister Mimi, who made their debut as the infant twins in season 3 of the family drama. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, 16 Mar. 2020 Another person with firsthand experience with multiples is Katy Baddorf of Medina, mom to 7-year-old quadruplets Sam, Anna, Elizabeth and Rebecca. Julie Washington, cleveland, 18 Feb. 2020 Differences from one quadruplet to another go beyond appearance. Sharon Begley, STAT, 20 Dec. 2019 The zoo says only 1% of red panda litters are quadruplets. USA TODAY, 22 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of quadruplet

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Quadruplet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadruplet. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for quadruplet


qua·​dru·​plet | \ kwä-ˈdrü-plət How to pronounce quadruplet (audio) , -ˈdrə- \

Kids Definition of quadruplet

: one of four offspring born at one birth


qua·​dru·​plet | \ kwä-ˈdrəp-lət How to pronounce quadruplet (audio) , -ˈdrüp-; ˈkwäd-rəp- How to pronounce quadruplet (audio) \

Medical Definition of quadruplet

1 : one of four offspring born at one birth
2 quadruplets plural : a group of four offspring born at one birth

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