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quartet (n.)

also quartette, 1773, "musical composition for four solo instruments or voices," from French quartette, from Italian quartetto, diminutive of quarto "fourth," from Latin quartus "the fourth, fourth part" (related to quattuor "four," from PIE root *kwetwer- "four"). Meaning "set of four singers or musical players who perform quartets" is from 1814.

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Definitions of quartet from WordNet

quartet (n.)
the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one;
Synonyms: four / " / iv / tetrad / quatern / quaternion / quaternary / quaternity / quadruplet / foursome / Little Joe
quartet (n.)
four performers or singers who perform together;
Synonyms: quartette
quartet (n.)
a set of four similar things considered as a unit;
Synonyms: quartette / quadruplet / quadruple
quartet (n.)
four people considered as a unit;
he joined a barbershop quartet
Synonyms: quartette / foursome
quartet (n.)
a musical composition for four performers;
Synonyms: quartette
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