noun Chiefly British.
a quarter, or a fourth part, especially of certain weights and measures, as of a pound, ounce, peck, or pint.

1250–1300; Middle English quartroun, quartron, quartern < Old French quarteron, derivative of quart fourth. See quart1

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

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