quaternity

noun

qua·​ter·​ni·​ty kwə-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce quaternity (audio)
kwä-
plural quaternities
: a union of a group or set of four

Word History

Etymology

Late Latin quaternitas, from Latin quaterni four each

First Known Use

1529, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quaternity was in 1529

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Cite this Entry

“Quaternity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quaternity. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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