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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music A composition for four voices or four instruments.
  • n. Music A group of four singers or four instrumentalists.
  • n. A group of four.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A music composition in four parts, each performed by a single voice or instrument.
  • n. The set of four musicians who perform a piece of music together in four parts.
  • n. A group of four.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A composition in four parts, each performed by a single voice or instrument.
  • n. The set of four person who perform a piece of music in four parts.
  • n. A stanza of four lines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music: A composition or movement for four solo parts, either vocal or instrumental, usually without accompaniment.
  • n. A company of four singers or players who perform quartets.
  • n. In an orchestra the stringed instruments collectively, and in oratorio music the principal vocal soloists, are sometimes loosely called the quartet.
  • n. A stanza of four lines.
  • n. Same as quadruplet.
  • n. The performers of such a composition, whether vocal or instrumental.
  • n. In embryology, a group of four cleavage-cells considered as a unit, either because they arise at the same time, or because they have a similar origin or prospective function.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. four performers or singers who perform together
  • n. four people considered as a unit
  • n. the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one
  • n. a set of four similar things considered as a unit
  • n. a musical composition for four performers

Etymologies

French quartette, from Italian quartetto, diminutive of quarto, fourth, from Latin quārtus; see quart.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian quartetto. (Wiktionary)

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