[kwawr-ter-ouuh r, -ou-er]
- a period of 15 minutes.
- a point 15 minutes after or before the hour.
Origin of quarter-hour
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for quarter-hour
Tell him that the dinner boxes will be ready in quarter-hour.The Hound From The North
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.
For a quarter-hour he could not gather enough vigor to open it.
When he emerged a quarter-hour after, Joel was actually smiling.Five Little Peppers at School
- a period of 15 minutes
- any of the points on the face of a timepiece that mark 15 minutes before or after the hour, and sometimes 30 minutes after