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noun Chiefly British.
  1. a quarter, or a fourth part, especially of certain weights and measures, as of a pound, ounce, peck, or pint.
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Origin of quartern

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

term, portion, part, fourth, division, span, section, semester, quad, quadrant, farthing, quartern

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  1. a fourth part of certain weights or measures, such as a peck or a pound
  2. 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
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Word Origin for quartern

C13: from Old French quarteron, from quart a quarter
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