quar·​to | \ ˈkwȯr-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce quarto (audio) \
plural quartos

Definition of quarto

1 : the size of a piece of paper cut four from a sheet also : paper or a page of this size
2 : a book printed on quarto pages

Examples of quarto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A couple of these men, John Heminges and Henry Condell, come up with the wild idea to publish all of Shakespeare’s scripts in a handsome bound folio rather than the cheap unauthorized quartos then available. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "In the Hudson Valley, Shakespeare as Man, Myth and Drinking Buddy," 25 July 2017 In the twelve untitled poems that ran on quarto-size pages, scattered with varied-length ellipses, his long lines expand and contract between the margins like the steady crash of waves. Jeffrey Yang, The New Yorker, "The “Sea-Salt” in Walt Whitman’s Poetry," 22 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of quarto

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quarto

Latin, ablative of quartus fourth

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“Quarto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarto. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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