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[kah-ter; French ka-truh]
  1. the four at cards, dice, or the like.
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Origin of quatre

Borrowed into English from French around 1540–50
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Historical Examples of quatre

  • See below on the version Introduction to the Quatre Facardins.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1

    George Saintsbury

  • Quatre Bras is won, but Waterloo has to be fought to-morrow.

  • Also the marches and polonaises a quatre mains he played with his pupils.

  • Napoleon in his flight crossed the battlefield of Quatre Bras.

    The Spell of Belgium

    Isabel Anderson

  • At Quatre Bras the issue of the day was unfavourable to the French.

British Dictionary definitions for quatre


  1. a playing card with four pips
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Word Origin for quatre

French: four
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