quartette

Definitions

  • 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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Additional illustrations & photos:

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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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Etymology

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.

Usage

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
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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 .
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