quatrefoil

[ kat-er-foil, ka-truh- ]
/ ˈkæt ərˌfɔɪl, ˈkæ trə- /
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noun

a leaf composed of four leaflets.
Architecture. a panellike ornament composed of four lobes, divided by cusps, radiating from a common center.

Nearby words

  1. quathlamba,
  2. quatorze,
  3. quatrain,
  4. quatre,
  5. quatre bras,
  6. quattrocento,
  7. quattuordecillion,
  8. quaver,
  9. quay,
  10. quay, matthew stanley

Origin of quatrefoil

1375–1425; Middle English < Middle French quatre four + -foil (as in trefoil)

Related formsquat·re·foiled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for quatrefoil

quatrefoil

/ (ˈkætrəˌfɔɪl) /

noun

a leaf composed of four leaflets
architect a carved ornament having four foils arranged about a common centre, esp one used in tracery

Word Origin for quatrefoil

C15: from Old French, from quatre four + -foil leaflet; compare trefoil

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Word Origin and History for quatrefoil

quatrefoil

n.

"flower with four leaves," early 15c., from Old French quatrefoil, from quatre "four" (see four) + foil "leaf" (see foil (n.)).

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