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 The Bard’s 1609 quarto of poetry defined a new genre—Shakespearean sonnets—that continues to inspire poets today. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Apr. 2020 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, 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, 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 18 Aug. 2022.

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