- any group of four persons or things.
- an organized group of four singers or players.
- a musical composition for four voices or instruments.
Origin of quartet
Related Words for quartetchorus, trio, cast, orchestra, band, troupe, assemblage, quintet, sextet, choir, quartet, tetralogy, tetrad, quaternity, quadrivium, quadruplet, quadruple, quaternion, quaternary, quadrumvirate
Examples from the Web for quartet
Contemporary Examples of quartet
And he, like the other men in the quartet of so-called “sure things,” delivers a stunning, awards-worthy performance in his film.Why Does Oscar Hate Young Men?
November 9, 2014
One outside-the-boxer posted the sheet music for Take 5, composed by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet.Most Creative ‘Net Neutrality’ Comments on the FCC Website
June 9, 2014
The quartet is presented with a pitcher of syrup, which the waiter advises we apply “temperately, but not timidly.”The Hunt for New Orleans’s Secret Dish
Jane & Michael Stern
April 6, 2014
Greengrass told the quartet they had the parts at Shutters Hotel in Santa Monica.Barkhad Abdi: From Limo Driver to Oscar Contender
February 23, 2014
The quartet noticed that island activity lessened that autumn (Japan surrendered on August 15) but refused to acknowledge defeat.The Week in Death: The Last to Surrender
January 19, 2014
Historical Examples of quartet
The quartet in the Beebe store watched his departure from the windows.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
They sing a quartet, and with the most complete purity and melody.Strife and Peace
The other three members were tools over whom the quartet had obtained some hold.The Pit Prop Syndicate
Freeman Wills Crofts
And as he paused now to decide upon his program, he thought of that quartet.The Rich Little Poor Boy
The quartet had poor Blumpo down on his back and were kicking him as hard as they could.The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview
- 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
Word Origin and History for quartet
1773, "musical composition for four instruments or voices," from French quartette, from Italian quartetto, diminutive of quarto "fourth," from Latin quartus "fourth" (see quart). Meaning "set of four singers or musical performers" is from 1814.
A group of four musicians or singers; also, a piece of music for four instruments or voices.