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[kahrt; French kart]
noun, plural quartes [kahrts; French kart] /kɑrts; French kart/. Fencing.
  1. the fourth of eight defensive positions.
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Origin of quarte

1690–1700; < French, feminine of quart fourth < Latin quartus
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Historical Examples

  • A miry lane led us up from Quartes with its church and bickering windmill.

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  • The inn to which we had been recommended at Quartes was full, or else the landlady did not like our looks.

  • Pont itself is on the river, but whereas it is ten minutes' walk from Quartes by dry land, it is six weary kilomètres by water.

British Dictionary definitions for quartes


  1. the fourth of eight basic positions from which a parry or attack can be made in fencing
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Word Origin

C18: from French, fem of quart a quarter
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