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 Frontman Aaron Lewis tells Billboard that the heavy-rock quartet from Springfield, Mass., was expecting to break into a new cycle of activity in 2020, starting by touring with Disturbed and then recording an album. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Staind Talk Readying New Album & Dual Streaming Event After 'Everything Went Away'," 23 Apr. 2021 Well, at least one spot in the Rangers’ quartet of pitchers who will make up the two pairs of pitching tandems has been claimed. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers RHP Jordan Lyles earns one of clubs’ four pitching tandem spots," 23 Mar. 2021 One of the most unclassifiable groups to emerge in the era was the multiracial London quartet Skunk Anansie, whose frontwoman Skin brought a confrontational energy to her bandmates’ funky, hard-rock, occasionally avant-garde songs. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, "Music at Home: 15 Great Punk Songs by Black Artists," 26 Feb. 2021 Stepp also recruited receiver Darin Turner from the 2019-2020 signing class and the quartet of Treylon Burks, Trey Knox, TQ Jackson and Shamar Nash from the 2018-2019 class. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas assistant Stepp leaving for South Carolina," 4 Jan. 2021 In the course of events—a few days or weeks in the early novels, a lifetime in the quartet—a character separates from her avatars and comes to understand the nature of their attachment. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "What Brings Elena Ferrante’s Worlds to Life?," 24 Aug. 2020 For this young quartet from Birmingham that would eventually be known as Brother Cane. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "The story behind Brother Cane’s hit-packed debut album," 18 May 2018 The Bears dominated their opponents this year, spacing the floor and kicking it out to a quartet of sharpshooters, averaging a nation-best 41.2% from beyond the arc. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "Baylor Beats Gonzaga to Win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Title," 6 Apr. 2021 The first and best, The Seasons, was animated by the famous Vivaldi music played with subtle vigor by the quartet, which was seated inconspicuously in the back left corner of the stage. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Art and the City: Dallas dance troupes step closer to post-pandemic future," 2 Apr. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Quartet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quartet. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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