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 40-act bill, debuting on 25 acres of Miami Beach between Fifth and 10th streets, will also feature Jack White’s rock quartet the Raconteurs, throwback soul crooner Leon Bridges, rap veteran T-Pain and disco-funk icons Nile Rodgers and Chic. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Beach Pop Festival daily lineup: Chance the Rapper, Daddy Yankee, plus single-day tickets announced," 5 Aug. 2019 The dance and vocal arrangements by Peter Howard were especially enjoyable here, as numerous glowing, colorful jitterbugs interfered with the quartet’s journey in an attempt to fatigue them. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "REVIEW: Patio Playhouse presents charming ‘Wizard of Oz’ musical," 17 July 2019 This month, the Irish quartet move indoors (and next door) for their Experience + Innocence Tour, pulling from the music on their two most recent albums, whose titles are lifted from English poet William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Summer concerts: U2, Lauryn Hill, Taylor Swift and more come to Philly," 6 June 2018 The first two rooms contain dozens of works by Rockwell and other artists picturing America during the Great Depression and World War II, from soldiers at the front to kids shooting marbles, from Rosie the Riveter to a barbershop quartet. Wayne Lawson, Vanities, "Norman Rockwell’s Hokey America Is Looking Pretty Good Right Now," 30 May 2018 The chorus welcomed its new music director, David Garstang of Rancho Bernardo, who has been involved in barbershop quartets since the 1970s. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New director at Music Men Chorus," 14 May 2018 Kissimmee Osceola’s quartet of Alliann Johnson, Sadae Davidson, Amaya Phillips, and Niyah Harris won the girls 4x400-meter relay in a fast time of 3 minutes, 53.88 seconds. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, "D’Marcus Adams at home on Tallahassee track | Track & Field news," 27 Mar. 2018 Before competing in the 34th annual Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, the premier American showcase for vocal harmony music, a Chicago barbershop quartet performs in Northwest Indiana. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "The Northsiders offer fun vibe in barbershop show in Portage," 2 Mar. 2018 Songs of the silver screen, the history of funerals, and a show by the Dave Bayles quartet – all are part of this week’s Get-Out Guide, a weekly listing of goings-on in Brookfield, Elm Grove and Wauwatosa. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dave Bayles Quartet to perform at the Wilson Center in Brookfield," 19 Feb. 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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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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