Nearby words

  1. quart minor,
  2. quart.,
  3. quartan,
  4. quartan malaria,
  5. quarte,
  6. quarter bar,
  7. quarter bend,
  8. quarter binding,
  9. quarter blanket,
  10. quarter crack

Origin of quarter

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French quartier < Latin quartārius, equivalent to quart(us) fourth + -ārius -ary; (v.) Middle English quarteren, derivative of the noun

Related formsquar·ter·er, nounhalf-quar·ter, adjectivein·ter·quar·ter, nounout·quar·ters, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for quarter

quarter

/ (ˈkwɔːtə) /

noun

verb

adjective

being or consisting of one of four equal partsa quarter pound of butter
See also quarters

Word Origin for quarter

C13: from Old French quartier, from Latin quartārius a fourth part, from quartus fourth

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Word Origin and History for quarter
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Idioms and Phrases with quarter

quarter

see at close quarters; draw and quarter.

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