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.
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
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
Definition of quartet for Students
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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