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[ kahrt; French kart ]
/ kɑrt; French kart /

noun, plural quartes [kahrts; French kart] /kɑrts; French kart/. Fencing.

the fourth of eight defensive positions.



Nearby words

quart major, quart minor, quart., quartan, quartan malaria, quarte, quarter, quarter bar, quarter bend, quarter binding, quarter blanket

Origin of quarte

1690–1700; < French, feminine of quart fourth < Latin quartus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for quartes

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

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

  • 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


/ French (kart) /


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

Word Origin for quarte

C18: from French, fem of quart a quarter
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