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, "The Marr, the merrier: Identical quadruplet North Texas boys celebrate 1st birthdays," 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, "Rare identical quadruplets discharged from Dallas hospital during coronavirus pandemic," 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, "'7th Heaven' child actor Lorenzo Brino dies in car accident at 21: 'I'll love you forever'," 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, "Cardi B Slams 10-Year-Olds for Diss Track: 'Not Gonna Let No Little F—ing White Boys Come at Me'," 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, "7th Heaven Actor Lorenzo Brino Is Dead At 21," 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, "Area moms of multiples give some pointers to young couple expecting quintuplets," 18 Feb. 2020 Differences from one quadruplet to another go beyond appearance. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Scientists aren’t sure why identical twins differ. Armadillo quads offer an answer," 20 Dec. 2019 The zoo says only 1% of red panda litters are quadruplets. USA TODAY, "Titanic auction, Legos, mighty Mississippi: News from around our 50 states," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of quadruplet

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of quadruplet was in 1709

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“Quadruplet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadruplet. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quadruplet

: one of four babies that are born at the same time to the same mother


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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