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quartet

[kwawr-tet] /kwɔrˈtɛt/
noun
1.
any group of four persons or things.
2.
an organized group of four singers or players.
3.
a musical composition for four voices or instruments.
Also, especially British, quartette.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < Italian quartetto, diminutive of quarto < Latin quartus fourth
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British Dictionary definitions for quartette

quartet

/kwɔːˈtɛt/
noun
1.
a group of four singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group See string quartet
2.
any group of four: a quartet of fast bowlers
Word Origin
C18: from Italian quartetto, diminutive of quarto fourth
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Word Origin and History for quartette

quartet

n.

1773, "musical composition for four instruments or voices," from French quartette, from Italian quartetto, diminutive of quarto "fourth," from Latin quartus "fourth" (see quart). Meaning "set of four singers or musical performers" is from 1814.

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quartette in Culture

quartet definition


A group of four musicians or singers; also, a piece of music for four instruments or voices.

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