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See also: quarter- and Quarter

English

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    Cardinal: four
    Ordinal: fourth
    Latinate ordinal: quartary, quaternary
    Adverbial: four times
    Multiplier: fourfold
    Latinate multiplier: quadruple
    Distributive: quadruply
    Collective: foursome
    Greek or Latinate collective: tetrad
    Greek collective prefix: tetra-, tessera-
    Latinate collective prefix: quadri-
    Multiuse collective: quadruplet
    Fractional: quarter, fourth
    Greek prefix: tetarto-
    Number of musicians: quartet

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English quarter, from Anglo-Norman quarter, from Latin quartarius, from quartus. Compare Spanish cuarto (room, quarters; quarter). Doublet of quartier.

Noun

quarter (countable and uncountable, plural quarters)

A US quarter, 25 cent coin.
  1. A fourth part of something.
    1. (in general sense) Each of four equal parts into which something can be divided; a fourth part.
      A quarter of an hour.
    2. (now chiefly historical) A measure of capacity used chiefly for grain or coal, varying greatly in quantity by time and location.
      • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, volume 4, page 204:
        One of these is 1 Hen. V, cap. 10, defining the quarter of corn to be eight struck bushels, and putting fines on purveyors who take more.
    3. A fourth part of a pound; approximately 113 grams.
    4. (historical) A measure of length; originally a fourth part of an ell, now chiefly a fourth part of a yard.
    5. (now historical) A fourth part of the night; one of the watches or divisions of the night.
    6. (now chiefly financial) A fourth part of the year; 3 months; a term or season.
    7. (time) A fourth part of an hour; a period of fifteen minutes, especially with reference to the quarter before or after the hour.
    8. (now chiefly historical) A fourth part of a hundredweight.
    9. (heraldry) A fourth part of a coat of arms, or the charge on it, larger than a canton and normally on the upper dexter side, formed by a perpendicular line from the top meeting a horizontal line from the side.
    10. (Canada, US) A quarter-dollar, divided into 25 cents; the coin of that value minted in the United States or Canada.
    11. (sports) One of four equal periods into which a game is divided.
    12. (Chester, historical) A quarter of an acre or 40 roods.
  2. Place or position.
    1. A region or place.
      • 1667, John Milton, “(please specify the book number)”, in Paradise Lost. , London: [Samuel Simmons], , OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: , London: Basil Montagu Pickering , 1873, OCLC 230729554:
        I am to haste, / And all who under me thir Banners wave, / Homeward with flying march where we possess / The Quarters of the North .
    2. Each of four parts into which the earth or sky is divided, corresponding to the four cardinal points of the compass.
    3. A division or section of a town or city, especially having a particular character of its own, or associated with a particular group etc.
    4. One's residence or dwelling-place; (in plural) rooms, lodgings, especially as allocated to soldiers or domestic staff.
    5. (figuratively, archaic) A topic or area of endeavour.
      • 1892, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Wrecker (chapter 10)
        “I'll tell you something, too,” retorted the captain, duskily flushing. “I wouldn't sail this ship for the man you are, if you went upon your knees. I've dealt with gentlemen up to now.”
        “I can tell you the names of a number of gentlemen you'll never deal with any more, and that's the whole of Longhurst's gang,” said Jim. “I'll put your pipe out in that quarter, my friend. Here, rout out your traps as quick as look at it, and take your vermin along with you. I'll have a captain in, this very night, that's a sailor, and some sailors to work for him.”
    6. (nautical) The aftmost part of a vessel's side, roughly from the last mast to the stern.
      • 1808–10, William Hickey, Memoirs of a Georgian Rake, Folio Society 1995, p. 80:
        I was one morning walking the deck, when Rogers, whose watch it was, sitting upon the quarter, called to me in his usual style, ‘Come here, Bill.’
      • 1863, Charles Reade, Hard Cash:
        “My men, the schooner coming up on our weather quarter is a Portuguese pirate.”
    7. (farriery) The part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, the side of its coffin.
      • 1877, Anna Sewell, chapter 23, in Black Beauty:
        at last she kicked right over the carriage pole and fell down, after giving me a severe blow on my near quarter.
  3. (often plural) A section (of a population), especially one having a particular set of values or interests.
    opposition to the policy came from an unexpected quarter, as well as from certain quarters which had historically opposed it
    all quarters of the socialist movement; praise from Conservative quarters
    • 1897, National and English Review, page 499:
      It is something to have that sacerdotal position so frankly recognized; but, I repeat, the ground of objection is an extraordinary one, coming as it does from a Liberal quarter in politics.
    • 2003, The Advocate, page 44:
      V. Gene Robinson's installation as an Episcopal bishop was greeted largely by silence from gay quarters.
    • 2016, Michael Eric Dyson, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (→ISBN)
      and principled criticism of Obama from black quarters.
  4. (obsolete) Relations between people.
  5. Accommodation given to a defeated opponent; mercy; exemption from being killed.
    • 1955, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King, page 1110:
      Hard fighting and long labour they had still; for the Southrons were bold men and grim, and fierce in despair, and the Easterlings were strong and war-hardened and asked for no quarter.
  6. Short forms.
    1. (now rare, rugby, American football) A quarterback.
    2. (military slang, now rare) A quartermaster; a quartermaster sergeant.
      • 1925, Ford Madox Ford, “Parade's End”, in No More Parades, Penguin, published 2012, page 360:
        Tietjens said: ‘Send the Canadian sergeant-major to me at the double….’ to the quarter.
    3. A quarterfinal.
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  1. ^ Robert Holland, M.R.A.C., A Glossary of Words Used in the County of Chester, Part I--A to F., English Dialect Society, London, 1884, 3

Adjective

quarter (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to an aspect of a quarter.
  2. (chiefly) Consisting of a fourth part, a quarter (14, 25%).
    a quarter hour; a quarter century; a quarter note; a quarter pound
  3. (chiefly) Related to a three-month term, a quarter of a year.
    A quarter day is one terminating a quarter of the year.
    A quarter session is one held quarterly at the end of a quarter.
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Usage notes

Often used in a combining form quarter-.

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Verb

quarter (third-person singular simple present quarters, present participle quartering, simple past and past participle quartered)

  1. (transitive) To divide into quarters; to divide by four.
  2. (transitive) To provide housing for military personnel or other equipment.
    Quarter the horses in the third stable.
  3. (intransitive) To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
  4. (transitive) To quartersaw.
    • 1758, Thomas Hale, A Compleat Body Of Husbandry, page 333:
      But there is, as in other woods, a great deal of difference between this and the quartered timber.
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References

Adjective
  • "quarter" at Merriam-Webster
  • "quarter" in Harrap's Shorter, 2006, p. 761

Etymology 2

Borrowed from French cartayer.

Verb

quarter (third-person singular simple present quarters, present participle quartering, simple past and past participle quartered)

  1. (obsolete) To drive a carriage so as to prevent the wheels from going into the ruts, or so that a rut shall be between the wheels.

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Etymology

From Latin quartus.

Pronunciation

Noun

quarter m (plural quarters)

  1. fourth
  2. quarter

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French

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Etymology

From English.

Pronunciation

Noun

quarter m (plural quarters)

  1. quarter (old measure of corn)

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Middle English

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Etymology

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman quarter, from Latin quartārius.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kwarˈteːr/, /ˈkwartər/

Noun

quarter (plural quarters)

  1. A quarter (fourth part of something):
    1. A quarter of a whole chicken.
    2. One of the four divisions of the earth or sky.
    3. A quarter of the year; a three-month period.
    4. A quarter of the night; a three-hour period.
    5. A quarter of an hour; a 15-minute period.
    6. One of the moon's four phases.
    7. (heraldry) A fourth part of a coat of arms.
  2. One of various units of measure:
    1. A unit of capacity (being a quarter of another measure).
    2. A unit of weight (often a quarter of an ounce or pound).
    3. A unit of length (nine inches; being quarter of an ell).
  3. Any part, portion, or fragment.
  4. A region, locale or place.
  5. A certain fencing maneuver.
  6. (rare) A direction; a way.

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Old French

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Noun

quarter m (oblique plural quarters, nominative singular quarters, nominative plural quarter)

  1. (chiefly Anglo-Norman) quarter (one fourth)

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