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 forms

quar·ter·er, nounhalf-quar·ter, adjectivein·ter·quar·ter, nounout·quar·ters, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for quarters (1 of 2)

quarters

/ (ˈkwɔːtəz) /

pl n

housing or accommodation, esp as provided for military personnel and their families
the stations assigned to military personnel, esp to each crew member of a warshipgeneral quarters
(in India) housing provided by an employer or by the government
(functioning as singular) military slang short for quartermaster

British Dictionary definitions for quarters (2 of 2)

quarter

/ (ˈkwɔːtə) /

noun


verb

adjective

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 quarters

quarter

see at close quarters; draw and quarter.


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