or three-quar·ters

  1. consisting of or involving three quarters of a whole or of the usual length: a blouse with a three-quarter sleeve.
  2. (of a portrait) showing the face as seen from in front and somewhat to the side: a three-quarter view.

Origin of three-quarter

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for three-quarter

Contemporary Examples of three-quarter

Historical Examples of three-quarter

  • Take them out at three-quarter gallop down the back stretch.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Thence they passed to "half," "three-quarter" and "full" hands.

    The Negro Farmer

    Carl Kelsey

  • At the three-quarter post he was so far ahead that the jockey must have been lonely.

  • The night air was clear with a three-quarter moon well up in the sky.

    Nan of Music Mountain

    Frank H. Spearman

  • I'd rather spare two from the pack and have Godfrey for my three-quarter line.

British Dictionary definitions for three-quarter


  1. being three quarters of somethinga three-quarter turn
  2. being of three quarters the normal length
  1. rugby
    1. any of the four players between the fullback and the halfbacks
    2. this position
    3. (as modifier)three-quarter play
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