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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Leading the quartet of shippers who could run in the 29th Pacific Classic are Seeking the Soul and Quip. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Four shippers are candidates for $1M Pacific Classic," 7 Aug. 2019 DiMario, a co-owner and Blohme's vice president of operations, works with Bloehm at a diverse quartet of properties: Squid Ink, Ed's Seafood Shed on the Causeway, Sunset Pointe at the Fly Creek Marina in Fairhope and Panini Pete's. al, "Squid Ink happens: Downtown Mobile gets new flavors," 5 Aug. 2019 His young quartet includes his son, rising drummer Elé Howell, bassist Nick Panoutsos and pianist Ian McArdle. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "10 top acts highlight the 30th San Jose Jazz summer fest," 30 July 2019 Also on the bill: Havana singer Melvis Santa, a former member of Maqueque, with her New York quartet Ashedi; and Nythia Martinez, a Chicago singer-pianist-educator who will duet with former Chicago pianist Darwin Noguera. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "13th Chicago Latin Jazz Festival turns to women," 9 July 2019 The game's core levels are built for one to two players, though there are four-player multiplayer modes that allow a quartet of friends to get crafty. Robert Carnevale, WIRED, "Party Time! 12 Amazingly Addictive Couch Co-op Games," 22 June 2019 Her story includes family betrayals, a high-profile custody battle, famous lovers, the possession and loss of vast wealth, a quartet of marriages, the death of a child, a run as a fashion icon, a literary legacy, and much, much more. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Remembering Gloria Vanderbilt: The Broadsheet," 18 June 2019 The event itself was being hosted by a quartet of Israeli celebrities, including top model Bar Refaeli. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "The Netherlands wins Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv," 20 May 2019 In addition there will be displays of early crafts and antique collectibles, a dixieland band, dancers, a barbershop quartet, blacksmith shop demos, trolley rides, History San José open houses, kids activities, food and more. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "S.F. Bay Area calendar: Beauty and the Beast Jr., jazz and more," 22 July 2019

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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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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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