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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Physically, of course, this quartet displays a pattern, the sun being the celestial version of earthly fire and rain being the heavenly variant of terrestrial streams and ponds. Andrew Stark, WSJ, "‘Living With the Gods’ Review: The Gang’s All Here," 16 Nov. 2018 How will history ultimately judge the Astros' power quartet of Bregman, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer? Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Five players who should be easy calls as first-time MLB All-Stars," 5 July 2018 Performers such as Beo String Quartet and guitar-sax-piano-percussion quartet Hypercube drop in from Pittsburgh and New York. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "A bad traffic accident turned her toward creating this unique Charlotte festival," 12 June 2018 None of the central quartet seems to have been particularly religious. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The (secular) gospel according to The Good Place," 27 Sep. 2018 The actual science here was done by a quartet of researchers from UC Berkley. James Vincent, The Verge, "Deepfakes for dancing: you can now use AI to fake those dance moves you always wanted," 26 Aug. 2018 This quartet formed in response to the 2012 music ban in their native Mali and have since released two albums of blues rock that make the genre’s African roots impossible to ignore. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 28 June 2018 But Hedgerow must cast this main quartet for the next three years as part of its Core Company Project, a bold endeavor that continues the company’s repertory approach to casting. Jim Rutter, Philly.com, "At Hedgerow: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (and, for this play, being youngish)," 6 May 2018 At the same time, each member of this quartet is exploring new personal or professional moves. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Mozart’ gets personal in masterful new season," 12 Feb. 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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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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