[fawr-kwawr-ter, -kwaw-, fohr-]


the forward end of half of a carcass, as of beef or lamb.

Origin of forequarter

First recorded in 1490–1500; fore- + quarter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forequarters

Historical Examples of forequarters

  • The hindquarters, though strong, should be lighter in proportion to the forequarters.

    A Manual of Toy Dogs

    Mrs. Leslie Williams

  • The Sickle is only part of the Lion—the head and the forequarters.

  • The third and fourth, the forequarters; the fifth of the winners, the hide and tallow.

  • The forequarters of beef contain the chuck, the shoulder, clod, neck and shank.

  • A wounded hippopotamus stirs up the water so that a small canoe may capsize in the swell from his forequarters.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

British Dictionary definitions for forequarters


pl n

the part of the body of a horse or similar quadruped that consists of the forelegs, shoulders, and adjoining parts



the front portion, including the leg, of half of a carcass, as of beef or lamb
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