[ kwawr-ter-ing ]
/ ˈkwɔr tər ɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that quarters.
the assignment of quarters or lodgings.
  1. the division of an escutcheon into quarters.
  2. the marshaling of various coats of arms on an escutcheon.
  3. any of the coats of arms so marshaled.


that quarters.
lying at right angles.
Nautical. (of a wind) blowing on a ship's quarter.

Origin of quartering

First recorded in 1585–95; quarter + -ing1, -ing2

Definition for quartering (2 of 2)

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 quartering (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkwɔːtərɪŋ) /


military the allocation of accommodation to service personnel
  1. the marshalling of several coats of arms on one shield, usually representing intermarriages
  2. any coat of arms marshalled in this way

British Dictionary definitions for quartering (2 of 2)


/ (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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Idioms and Phrases with quartering


see at close quarters; draw and quarter.

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