a combining form meaning “four,” used in the formation of compound words: quadrilateral.

Nearby words

  1. quadratus,
  2. quadrel,
  3. quadrella,
  4. quadrennial,
  5. quadrennium,
  6. quadriad,
  7. quadribasic,
  8. quadric,
  9. quadric surface,
  10. quadricentenary

Also quadra-, quadru-; especially before a vowel, quadr-.

Origin of quadri-

< Latin; akin to quattuor four

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British Dictionary definitions for quadri-


before a vowel quadr-

combining form

fourquadrilateral; quadrilingual; quadrisyllabic

Word Origin for quadri-

from Latin; compare quattuor four

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Word Origin and History for quadri-


before vowels quad- (before -p- often quadru-, from an older form in Latin), word-forming element meaning "four, four times, having four, consisting of four," from Latin quadri-, related to quattor "four" (see four).

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Medicine definitions for quadri-




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