quartern

[ kwawr-tern ]
/ ˈkwɔr tərn /

noun Chiefly British.

a quarter, or a fourth part, especially of certain weights and measures, as of a pound, ounce, peck, or pint.

Nearby words

  1. quarterlight,
  2. quarterly,
  3. quartermaster,
  4. quartermaster corps,
  5. quartermaster general,
  6. quarters,
  7. quartersaw,
  8. quarterstaff,
  9. quartes,
  10. quartet

Origin of quartern

1250–1300; Middle English quartroun, quartron, quartern < Old French quarteron, derivative of quart fourth. See quart1

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British Dictionary definitions for quartern

quartern

/ (ˈkwɔːtən) /

noun

a fourth part of certain weights or measures, such as a peck or a pound
Also called: quartern loaf British
  1. a type of loaf 4 inches square, used esp for making sandwiches
  2. any loaf weighing 1600 g when baked

Word Origin for quartern

C13: from Old French quarteron, from quart a quarter

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