qua·​tre·​foil | \ ˈka-tər-ˌfȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce quatrefoil (audio) , ˈka-trə- \

Definition of quatrefoil

1 : a conventionalized representation of a flower with four petals or of a leaf with four leaflets
2 : a 4-lobed foliation in architecture

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Examples of quatrefoil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the cavernous house of worship is covered on the inside with quatrefoil window shades that send sunlight cascading across a stone altar, wooden pews and steel crucifix befitting a Catholic cathedral. USA TODAY, "Crystal Cathedral reborn Catholic, 'Conjuring' house, Wiki ‘editathon’: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2019 But the cavernous house of worship is covered on the inside with quatrefoil window shades that send sunlight cascading across a stone altar, wooden pews and prominent steel crucifix. Washington Post, "Iconic glass-paned church converted to Catholic cathedral," 9 July 2019 Stylebeat discusses quatrefoil and trefoil motifs and shares some favorite finds from the High Point market. House Beautiful, "What We're Reading This Week," 8 Apr. 2012 The ingenious but unrealized final design, produced just a few years before his death, resolves that plan’s schematic geometry into a quatrefoil fused with four shallow projections on the cardinal axes. Catesby Leigh, National Review, "A Genius in Draft Form," 20 Jan. 2018 The unusual quatrefoil motifs of some individual quilt blocks are based on the four-pronged footprint of battlements known as star forts. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Wartime Quilts Honor Battles and Leaders, but Mostly Art," 25 Oct. 2017 Its reputation was solidified by century’s end, when Louis Vuitton’s son, Georges, created LV’s signature Monogram canvas, featuring the company’s initials and quatrefoil flowers inspired by the Oriental motifs popular in the Victorian era. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "United States of Vuitton," 23 Oct. 2017 Czech glass beads and hematite necklace with faceted labradorite pendant and quatrefoil detail; $65. Vanessa Infanzon, charlotteobserver, "CLT Made: Silver::Bone," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of quatrefoil

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quatrefoil

Middle English quaterfoil set of four leaves, from Anglo-French quatre + Middle English -foil (as in trefoil)

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“Quatrefoil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quatrefoil. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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