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[kwod-rang-guh l] /ˈkwɒdˌræŋ gəl/
a plane figure having four angles and four sides, as a square.
a square or quadrangular space or court that is surrounded by a building or buildings, as on a college campus.
the building or buildings around such a space or court.
the area shown on one of the standard topographic map sheets published by the U.S. Geological Survey: approximately 17 miles (27 km) north to south and from 11 to 15 miles (17 to 24 km) east to west.
Origin of quadrangle
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin quadrangulum, noun use of neuter of Latin quadrangulus, quadriangulus four-cornered. See quadr-, angle1
Related forms
quadrangled, adjective Unabridged
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  • She went; and Railsford, as he listened to the clatter of her boots across the quadrangle, felt more than ever utterly alone.

    The Master of the Shell Talbot Baines Reed
  • It did not seem to be in the dormitory, or on the stairs outside, or in the quadrangle below.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • The Waterhouse charity school occupies a handsome set of buildings forming three sides of a quadrangle, erected in 1855.

  • The palace was built in the form of a quadrangle around an open patio.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • A fountain rose in the centre of the quadrangle which was surrounded by arcades.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for quadrangle


(geometry) a plane figure consisting of four points connected by four lines. In a complete quadrangle, six lines connect all pairs of points
a rectangular courtyard, esp one having buildings on all four sides Often shortened to quad
the building surrounding such a courtyard
Derived Forms
quadrangular (kwɒˈdræŋɡjʊlə) adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin quadrangulum figure having four corners
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Word Origin and History for quadrangle

late 14c., from Old French quadrangle (13c.) and directly from Late Latin quadrangulum "four-sided figure," noun use of neuter of Latin adjective quadrangulus "having four quarters," from Latin quattuor "four" (see four) + angulus "angle" (see angle (n.)). Meaning "four-sided court between buildings" is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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