quartet

noun
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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The last time the quartet made a joint cameo was over two months ago, for the royal family's Christmas celebrations in Norfolk. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Prince Harry Gather in Buckingham Palace," 5 Mar. 2019 The quartet of Oregon Ducks women's basketball players representing the U.S. at the 3x3 World Cup have played their way into another elite eight. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "U.S. team of Oregon Ducks in hunt for 3-on-3 world basketball title," 11 June 2018 There are lovely compositional touches: the quartet-like writing for strings early in the first piece; the wistful woodwinds of the pastoral second; the catchy, accented rhythms and expansive string themes of the Tchaikovsky-like third piece. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "Uncertain Tempo," 31 Dec. 2018 Since Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony in late 2016, we’ve been immersed in a wave of drama surrounding the singer and the former quartet’s relationship — complete with a handful of ill-fated jokes, awkward questions and mannequin controversies. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Camila Cabello Reconciled With Fellow Fifth Harmony Member Normani at the 2018 BBMAs," 15 Nov. 2018 Since 1970, two or more from that quartet have comprised the semifinal field in every tournament, except 1998. Steven Goff, chicagotribune.com, "'Hard-working, compact, united and well-organized': The World Cup's surprising final four," 8 July 2018 The offseason organized team activities and subsequent minicamp have given the quartet their first chances to accustom themselves with one another and begin to build a cohesive connection. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "New contingency of quarterbacks isn’t a bad thing for the Chiefs, Pat Mahomes," 14 June 2018 In addition, since 2006, Mr. Ward has been a member of People, Places and Things, a quartet led by drummer Mike Reed that draws some of its inspiration from music of that era. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘Stomping Off From Greenwood’ by Greg Ward Review," 17 Jan. 2019 The second quartet leaps forward a generation, recounting the adventures of Meg and Calvin’s daughter, Polly. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Stirring Up Fresh Life Endlessly," 21 Dec. 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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quartet

noun

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

quartet

noun
quar·​tet
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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