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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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 The 7000-series trains, however, work in what are called four-packs: two sets of quadruplets. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Why is there an extra length of track at the airport Metro station?," 10 Aug. 2019 The cubs were among quadruplets born last Wednesday to Ember, a 9-year-old red panda. USA TODAY, "Titanic auction, Legos, mighty Mississippi: News from around our 50 states," 22 July 2019 The four Sandoval children were the first quadruplets born in the 21st century in San Antonio. Jose Arredondo, ExpressNews.com, "Sandoval quads set to make San Antonio history again," 12 June 2019 Aidan Gallagher previously starred in the Nickelodeon show, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, as the youngest quadruplet Nicky. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "The Umbrella Academy" and Their Characters," 26 Feb. 2019 Murakuma and her colleague Taketeru Tomita, codeveloper of the underwater ultrasound machine, witnessed another surprising behavior while observing the mother carrying quadruplets. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Some Unborn Sharks Swim from Uterus to Uterus Inside Their Mom," 7 Jan. 2019

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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 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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