[ kwuh-tur-ni-tee ]
/ kwəˈtɜr nɪ ti /

noun, plural qua·ter·ni·ties.

a group or set of four.

Nearby words

  1. quaternary,
  2. quaternary ammonium compound,
  3. quaternary structure,
  4. quaternate,
  5. quaternion,
  6. quathlamba,
  7. quatorze,
  8. quatrain,
  9. quatre,
  10. quatre bras

Origin of quaternity

1520–30; < Late Latin quaternitās, equivalent to Latin quatern(ī) four each, four at a time + -itās -ity

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Examples from the Web for quaternity

  • Only one of these paths was here open, and the quaternity even rushed into it.

    The Court of Cacus|Alexander Leighton
  • These remarks occur to us as we are now to follow the fortunes of the remaining three of the quaternity.

    The Court of Cacus|Alexander Leighton
  • And yet this might not necessarily involve the conversion of the Trinity into a Quaternity.

    Tragic Sense Of Life|Miguel de Unamuno

British Dictionary definitions for quaternity


/ (kwəˈtɜːnɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a group of four, esp a concept of God as consisting of four persons

Word Origin for quaternity

C16: from Late Latin quaternitās, from Latin quaternī by fours; see quaternary

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