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[kwawr-ter-ouuh r, -ou-er]
  1. a period of 15 minutes.
  2. a point 15 minutes after or before the hour.
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Origin of quarter-hour

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples of quarter-hour

  • Tell him that the dinner boxes will be ready in quarter-hour.

    The Hound From The North

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Finally the defense rested, about a quarter-hour before noon.

    Lone Star Planet

    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

  • Toward night, the quarter-hour of level sun-glare which prevented her seeing the road.

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

  • For a quarter-hour he could not gather enough vigor to open it.

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

  • When he emerged a quarter-hour after, Joel was actually smiling.

British Dictionary definitions for quarter-hour


  1. a period of 15 minutes
  2. any of the points on the face of a timepiece that mark 15 minutes before or after the hour, and sometimes 30 minutes after
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Derived Formsquarter-hourly, adverb, adjective
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