quarter note


: a musical note with the time value of ¹/₄ of a whole note see note illustration

Examples of quarter note in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The clarinet harks back to the descending four-note motive of the first movement and different speeds entangle the lines, with a return to the slow quarter note motive texture. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2023 These should tug against the constant quarter note pulse. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quarter note was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Quarter note.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarter%20note. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

quarter note

: a musical note equal in time to ¼ of a whole note
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