quartet

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noun quar·tet \kwȯr-ˈtet\

Definition of quartet

  1. 1 :  a musical composition for four instruments or voices

  2. 2 :  a group or set of four; especially :  the performers of a quartet

Examples of quartet in a sentence

  1. He is a member of a jazz quartet.

  2. a string quartet by Beethoven

  3. The author wrote a quartet of novels about the same character.

Variants of quartet

less commonly

quartette

Origin and Etymology of quartet

Italian quartetto, from quarto fourth, from Latin quartus — more at quart


First Known Use: 1773



QUARTET Defined for English Language Learners

quartet

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noun quar·tet \kwȯr-ˈtet\

Definition of quartet for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

quartet

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noun quar·tet \kwȯr-ˈtet\

Definition of quartet for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece of music for four instruments or voices

  2. 2 :  a group of four singers or musicians who perform together

  3. 3 :  a group or set of four <Above them, a quartet of swallows dipped and circled … — Jane Yolen, The Devil's Arithmetic>

Variants of quartet

also

quartette

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