American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music: A composition or movement for four solo parts, either vocal or instrumental, usually without accompaniment. Specifically, an instrumental work, usually for four stringed instruments, written in sonata form, and planned like a small symphony; a string-quartet. The quartet is the highest variety of chamber-music. It first reached its full development at the end of the eighteenth century.
- n. A company of four singers or players who perform quartets. A mixed vocal quartet properly consists of a soprano (treble), an alto, a tenor, and a bass. A string-quartet consists of two violins, a viola, and a violoncello.
- 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.
- n. music A music composition in four parts, each performed by a single voice or instrument.
- n. music The set of four musicians who perform a piece of music together in four parts.
- n. A group of four.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. (Poet.) A stanza of four lines.
- 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
- Italian quartetto. (Wiktionary)
- French quartette, from Italian quartetto, diminutive of quarto, fourth, from Latin quārtus; see quart. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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