[kwod-rang-guh l]


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

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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Contemporary Examples of quadrangle

  • In 2007 Colvin led the sale of Dennis Publishing to Quadrangle.

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  • Lloyd Grove talks to him about the Quadrangle mess, dishing on Rahm, and what's wrong with Washington.

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  • Quadrangle was not the only investment house to pay placement fees to Morris or funnel money into Chooch.

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  • Nor did Rattner's Quadrangle fund limit its placement to the New York State Pensions Fund.

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  • Afterward, Quadrangle paid a $1.1 million placement fee to a small firm, Searle Co., with which Morris was affiliated.

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Historical Examples of quadrangle

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

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    Matilda Betham-Edwards

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

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    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.

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    Cyrus Townsend Brady

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

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 sidesOften shortened to: quad
the building surrounding such a courtyard
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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