quar·​tet kwȯr-ˈtet How to pronounce quartet (audio)
variants or less commonly quartette
: a musical composition for four instruments or voices
: a group or set of four
especially : the performers of a quartet

Example Sentences

He is a member of a jazz quartet. a string quartet by Beethoven The author wrote a quartet of novels about the same character.
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Word History


Italian quartetto, from quarto fourth, from Latin quartus — more at quart

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quartet was in 1773

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“Quartet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quartet. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



variants also quartette
: a musical composition for four instruments or voices
: the performers of a quartet
: a group or set of four
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