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 Peer into a backyard in Columbia Heights and a quartet plays. Washington Post, "Live updates: Trump incorrectly claims that coronavirus affects ‘virtually’ no young people," 22 Sep. 2020 Lisbeth throws a party for her trio of friends and a quartet of boys. Katie M. Flynn, SFChronicle.com, "Katie M. Flynn explores isolation and loneliness during a pandemic in fictional ‘Proximate People’," 23 Aug. 2020 In response to the question, a wind quartet answers with even quicker music unrelated, at first, to either the strings or trumpet. Christian Hertzog Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: On opening night, SummerFest delivers passionate performances in an empty hall," 22 Aug. 2020 Smith may have been the least flashy of Alabama’s stellar quartet of wideouts from 2019. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: How would a draft with no college football in 2020 look?," 11 Aug. 2020 Streaming a solo performance or a quartet is one thing; convening a full symphony orchestra or the cast of a Broadway musical is another. Arkansas Online, "OPINION: A workable option for musicians," 9 Aug. 2020 The main characters are a motley quartet of ensigns serving in the medical, engineering, and command divisions. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Star Trek: Lower Decks review: Comfort food with a comic twist," 5 Aug. 2020 From the acclaimed author of the Neapolitan quartet. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "33 books to read in fall 2020, including Ferrante, Akhtar, Wilkerson and Jeff Tweedy," 11 Sep. 2020 Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard has teamed up with Jennings in Painted Shield, a quartet also featuring ex-PJ and new Bob Dylan drummer Matt Chamberlain along with Seattle area singer/keyboardist Brittany Davis. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "Minnesota favorite Mason Jennings announces new band with Pearl Jam guitarist," 9 Sep. 2020

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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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26 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quartet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quartet. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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