a note equivalent to one fourth of a whole note; a crotchet.
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Origin of quarter note
First recorded in 1755–65
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Examples from the Web for quarter note
It is danced in either 2/4 or 6/8 time, and the first movement (in 2/4 time) occupies the duration of a quarter-note.The Fascinating Boston|Alfonso Josephs Sheafe
The suspension may now be a quarter-note, or its rhythmic equivalent.A Treatise on Simple Counterpoint in Forty Lessons|Friedrich J. Lehmann
British Dictionary definitions for quarter note
US and Canadian music a note having the time value of a quarter of a semibreveAlso called: crotchet
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