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quartet

[ kwawr-tet ]
/ kwɔrˈtɛt /
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noun

any group of four persons or things.
an organized group of four singers or players.
a musical composition for four voices or instruments.

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Also especially British, quar·tette .

Origin of quartet

1765–75; <Italian quartetto, diminutive of quarto<Latin quartusfourth
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British Dictionary definitions for quartet

quartet

quartette

/ (kwɔːˈtɛt) /

noun

a group of four singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a groupSee string quartet
any group of foura quartet of fast bowlers

Word Origin for quartet

C18: from Italian quartetto, diminutive of quarto fourth
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Cultural definitions for quartet

quartet

A group of four musicians or singers; also, a piece of music for four instruments or voices.

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