quar·​tet | \ kwȯr-ˈtet How to pronounce quartet (audio) \
variants: or less commonly quartette

Definition of quartet

1 : a musical composition for four instruments or voices
2 : a group or set of four especially : the performers of a quartet

Examples of quartet in a Sentence

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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Recent Examples on the Web This quartet at running back has been locked in for months. Evan Sidery, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 But several other states threaten to join this quartet in the near future. Chris Wilson, Time, 13 Aug. 2021 Somebody in this quartet of Ewers, Kyle McCord, Jack Miller and C.J. Stroud will come out as the long-term option. Stephen Means, cleveland, 5 Aug. 2021 This quartet performed in the Season 2 finale of the Disney+ series seems engineered to make each performer shine. Marcus Jones, EW.com, 31 July 2021 Even the participants of the most diverse missions to the International Space Station have had far more in common with one another than this quartet. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 16 July 2021 In the case of this quartet (beautifully rounded out by Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, and Lars Ranthe), results may — and certainly do — vary. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 15 Apr. 2021 Quiz time Which automaker owns the best-performing stock out of this quartet? Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2021 The apparent excesses of this quartet of state leaders who have carved national prominence is ironically coming at a moment when President Joe Biden is offering an exactly opposite style of leadership -- and having success. Stephen Collinson And Maeve Reston, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of quartet

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quartet

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

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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 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quartet

: a group of four singers or musicians who perform together
: a song or piece of music performed by four singers or musicians
: a group or set of four people or things


variants: also quartette \ kwȯr-​ˈtet \

Kids Definition of quartet

1 : a piece of music for four instruments or voices
2 : a group of four singers or musicians who perform together
3 : a group or set of four Above them, a quartet of swallows dipped and circled …— Jane Yolen, The Devil's Arithmetic


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