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 trio joins up with Erica (Priah Ferguson), Lucas’ confident little sister, who’s way too precocious but makes a fun enough Ringo for this mallrat quartet. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The ending of Stranger Things 3 proves the limits of nostalgia: EW review, with spoilers," 4 July 2019 The Achilles tear also exposed the Warriors as having little depth behind their superstar quartet of Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Des Bieler, The Denver Post, "Warriors to effectively retire Kevin Durant’s number after three stellar seasons," 2 July 2019 Thompson has guided this quartet at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, having previously founded Mimir at Texas Christian University while on faculty there. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "'An oasis in the desert': The Mimir Chamber Music Festival returns to Fort Worth," 28 June 2019 With fresh voices, distinct styles and bold themes this quartet exemplifies the variety on display in Park City, Utah, each January. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Summer movie survey: Four indie debuts worth watching out for," 26 Apr. 2018 Her creative energy was relentless and infectious, prodding the other members of her quartet (keyboardist Gary Versace, bassist Tal Mashiach and drummer Anthony Pinciotti) to stunning heights. Michael J. West, Washington Post, "At the Hamilton, clarinetist Anat Cohen and her quartet explode with intensity," 8 June 2019 Leading the way was the front-running 4x200 quartet of Brown, Ezeka, Gaynor and Samara Jones, who clocked a time of 1:46.19. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, "A look back at Western Tech, Catonsville and Lansdowne's outdoor track postseasons," 4 June 2019 The most well-known to do so is Sam Cooke, who left the gospel quartet the Soul Stirrers and went on to become a world-famous soul singer. Santi Elijah Holley, The Atlantic, "Remembering Clarence Fountain, a Gospel Legend," 6 June 2018 Mind you, the company and the director, Nicole A. Watson, have assembled top-drawer players for the quartet of characters in this evening of confrontational domestic aftershocks at the Lansburgh Theatre. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Nora’s back in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2.’ Lucky for us, she’s played by Holly Twyford.," 14 June 2019

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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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