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quartern

[kwawr-tern] /ˈkwɔr tərn/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
a quarter, or a fourth part, especially of certain weights and measures, as of a pound, ounce, peck, or pint.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English quartroun, quartron, quartern < Old French quarteron, derivative of quart fourth. See quart1
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British Dictionary definitions for quartern

quartern

/ˈkwɔːtən/
noun
1.
a fourth part of certain weights or measures, such as a peck or a pound
2.
(Brit) Also called quartern loaf
  1. a type of loaf 4 inches square, used esp for making sandwiches
  2. any loaf weighing 1600 g when baked
Word Origin
C13: from Old French quarteron, from quart a quarter
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