[ kwawr-terd ]
/ ˈkwɔr tərd /


divided into quarters.
furnished with quarters or lodging.
(of wood) quartersawed.
  1. (of an escutcheon) divided into four or more parts.
  2. (of a cross) having the central square portion removed.

Nearby words

  1. quarter-wave plate,
  2. quarterage,
  3. quarterback,
  4. quarterback sneak,
  5. quarterdeck,
  6. quarterfinal,
  7. quarterfinalist,
  8. quartering,
  9. quarterlife crisis,
  10. quarterlight

Origin of quartered

First recorded in 1475–85; quarter + -ed2

Related formsun·quar·tered, adjective

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 quartered


/ (ˈkwɔːtəd) /


heraldry (of a shield) divided into four sections, each having contrasting arms or having two sets of arms, each repeated in diagonally opposite corners
(of a log) sawn into four equal parts along two diameters at right angles to each other; quartersawn


/ (ˈkwɔːtə) /




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 quartered
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Idioms and Phrases with quartered


see at close quarters; draw and quarter.

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