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[kwod-rang-guh l]
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  1. a plane figure having four angles and four sides, as a square.
  2. a square or quadrangular space or court that is surrounded by a building or buildings, as on a college campus.
  3. the building or buildings around such a space or court.
  4. 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.
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Origin of quadrangle

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin quadrangulum, noun use of neuter of Latin quadrangulus, quadriangulus four-cornered. See quadr-, angle1
Related formsquad·ran·gled, adjective
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Related Words for quadrangle

square, rectangle, parallelogram, quadrilateral, rhombus, courtyard, quad, yard, forum, court, campus, enclosure

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Contemporary Examples of quadrangle

Historical Examples of quadrangle

  • These delicate arcades, in part restored, form a quadrangle.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • There was a low iron gate leading out of the quadrangle into the grounds.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • In the quadrangle he nodded curtly to Colonel Grant, who would have detained him.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

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

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • I went across the quadrangle, unlocked the chapel door, and entered.

British Dictionary definitions for quadrangle


  1. geometry a plane figure consisting of four points connected by four lines. In a complete quadrangle, six lines connect all pairs of points
  2. a rectangular courtyard, esp one having buildings on all four sidesOften shortened to: quad
  3. the building surrounding such a courtyard
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Derived Formsquadrangular (kwɒˈdræŋɡjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for quadrangle

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.

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