quar·tet | \kwȯr-ˈtet \
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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First up is BlackPink, the popular quartet from YG Entertainment, who will release their Square Up EP on Friday. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Prominent Female K-Pop Acts Set to Release New Music This Month," 12 June 2018 Soul Cannon More than a dozen years after forming, Soul Cannon, the talented hip-hop quartet from Baltimore, shows no signs of slowing down. Wesley Case, baltimoresun.com, "The 10 Baltimore-area concerts we're most looking forward to this spring and summer," 22 Mar. 2018 Back in 2005, a then-quartet from Glasgow, Scotland, named Franz Ferdinand was opening for U2 on their Vertigo Tour, one of the highest-grossing tours of all time. Eve Barlow, GQ, "Franz Ferdinand Nearly Called It Quits—and Came Back Brasher and Gutsier Than Ever," 7 Feb. 2018 Cohan often plays excerpts of these and other original compositions, scaled down to the instrumentation at hand, which this time will be a sterling quartet featuring saxophonist John Wojciechowski, bassist James Cammack and drummer George Fludas. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "From Bernstein to Broadway to Latin jazz," 12 July 2018 Two years after releasing their first two songs, female quartet BLACKPINK is making big waves in the K-pop scene. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "10 Things to Know About BLACKPINK," 11 July 2018 Gold Crayon is a quartet that generates an jangly power-pop that recalls Big Star or Sloan. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Idiot Kids at Outer Limits, Nick Speed at the Old Miami," 5 July 2018 The court’s liberal and conservative quartets voted predictably. The Economist, "Anthony Kennedy’s retirement comes at a worrying time," 30 June 2018 There are players from both of these categories in Bison Bison, a quartet that have played a handful of gigs over the last year. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Bison Bison illustrate the deep, endless vitality of Chicago’s jazz and improvised music community," 29 June 2018

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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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Phrases Related to quartet

barbershop quartet

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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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