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Quartet   /kwɔrtˈɛt/   Listen
Quartet

noun
1.
The cardinal number that is the sum of three and one.  Synonyms: 4, four, foursome, IV, Little Joe, quadruplet, quatern, quaternary, quaternion, quaternity, tetrad.
2.
Four performers or singers who perform together.  Synonym: quartette.
3.
A set of four similar things considered as a unit.  Synonyms: quadruple, quadruplet, quartette.
4.
Four people considered as a unit.  Synonyms: foursome, quartette.  "The foursome teed off before 9 a.m."
5.
A musical composition for four performers.  Synonym: quartette.



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"Quartet" Quotes from Famous Books



... in the annals of the Philharmonic Society was his invitation to London in 1815 to produce a symphony, an overture and a vocal piece. The symphony (in D) was afterwards arranged with a new slow movement as the string quartet in C (1829), a fact which, taken in connexion with the large scale of the work, illustrates Cherubini's deficient sense of style in chamber music. Nevertheless all the six string quartets written between 1814 and ...
— Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1 - "Chtelet" to "Chicago" • Various

... where water murmurs in quiet alcoves, and simple jets tinkling in summery courts. Of those fountains that have especially been dignified and adorned by sculpture there are fourteen, some single, some in pairs, with one quartet in the Court of Seasons. Their sequence from the chief gate of the Exposition follows in a way the symbolic significance of all ...
— The Jewel City • Ben Macomber

... Tommy would say, "and now that I think of it, I can smile myself, but we are an eerie quartet at the time. When the strain becomes unendurable, one of us rises and mends the fire with his foot, and then I think the rest of us could say 'Thank you.' We talk desperately for a little after that, but soon again the awful pall ...
— Tommy and Grizel • J.M. Barrie

... again restored, at a signal from George Gerrish the double quartet of mixed voices, which had been selected from the singers of the musical club, came forward and, in a style which reflected much credit on the club, gave a song of welcome composed for this particular reception, and ...
— Solaris Farm - A Story of the Twentieth Century • Milan C. Edson



Words linked to "Quartet" :   piece of music, musical group, quadrumvirate, assemblage, figure, opus, set, piece, gathering, digit, musical organization, musical organisation, musical composition, composition



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