• The barber shop quartette on the trip home
    The barber shop quartette on the trip home
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n quartette a musical composition for four performers
    • n quartette four people considered as a unit "he joined a barbershop quartet","the foursome teed off before 9 a.m."
    • n quartette a set of four similar things considered as a unit
    • n quartette four performers or singers who perform together
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Sweet and Low' by the quartette party always brought forth rounds of applause Sweet and Low' by the quartette party always brought forth rounds of applause

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quartette (Mus) A composition in four parts, each performed by a single voice or instrument.
    • Quartette (Poet) A stanza of four lines.
    • Quartette (Mus) The set of four person who perform a piece of music in four parts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Quartette anything in fours: a musical composition of four parts for voices or instruments: a stanza of four lines
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. quartetto, dim. of quarto the fourth, a fourth part, fr. L. quartus, the fourth. See Quart
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. quartariusquartus, fourth.


In literature:

Wealth is only useful for two things: a yacht and a string quartette.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A quartette of negroes were singing.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
In the berth just ahead of his seat the quartette commenced to sing.
"Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant" by Hugh S. Fullerton
The quartette were playing cards as usual, and Fred presently began to feel lonely.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock
It was an extraordinary quartette.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
Up this staircase the quartette slowly climbed.
"Dorothy's Tour" by Evelyn Raymond
The joy of the three chums, that the fourth member of their almost inseparable quartette was safe and sound, it would take pages to describe.
"The Auto Boys' Mystery" by James A. Braden
On the morning after Grizel Beverley's reception the Mallison quartette was assembled at breakfast in the stiff, sunless morning room.
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
Pipes were lighted, and the quartette lounged luxuriously upon the sward.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
Quartettes are sung by Karen and Chinese Christians.
"The Romance of the Red Triangle" by Arthur Keysall Yapp
Madame Bernstein and Foote accordingly approached them, and the quartette walked together towards the entrance.
"The Red Rat's Daughter" by Guy Boothby
He was the founder and moving spirit of the Liederkranz, and with Lenz, Pilgrim, and Faller made the best quartette.
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach
Of the other three girls who were to make up the Aldavini Quartette, only one was still at the school.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
For another quartette was waiting till the table was free.
"Her Season in Bath" by Emma Marshall
It was a sheepish-looking quartette that beached their boat and advanced toward the group.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
But they were a philosophic quartette.
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
We had songs, both German and English; solos, duets, trios and quartettes.
"Two Years Among the Savages of New Guinea." by W. D. Pitcairn
"The Headless Horseman" by Mayne Reid
I believe Lord Leighton sang in some of the quartettes and choruses.
"The Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton" by Mrs. Russell Barrington
Remember, though, we are merely twins and not triplets, nor yet quartettes.
"Back at School with the Tucker Twins" by Nell Speed

In poetry:

On the corner kerb
With a sad quartette
His tenor peals
Like a clarinet.
"Mose" by Sterling A Brown
Remark'd the joking Doctor: "My dear, you ought to get
Another one — a basso — and have a full quartette."
She took his words in earnest, nor thought of ridicule;
She bargain'd from a circus man a educated mule.
"The Parrot and the Billy-Goat" by Henry Clay Work

In news:

The Alejandro Ziegler Quartette .