• (RP) IPA: /ˈk(w)ɔːtə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈk(w)ɔɹ.tɚ/
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /ˈkoː.tɘ/

quarter (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to an aspect of a quarter.
  2. (chiefly) Consisting of a fourth part, a quarter (frac 1, 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.
Antonyms Noun


  1. Any fourth of something, particularly:
    1. A quarter-dollar, divided into 25 cents; the coin of that value minted in the United States or Canada.
    2. (now primarily, financial) A quarter of the year, 3 months; a season.
    3. (historical) The quarter-ton or tun, divided into 8 bushels, the medieval English unit of volume and weight named by the Magna Carta as the basis for measures of wine, ale, and grain
    4. (historical) The quarter-yard, divided into 4 nails, an obsolete English unit of length long used in the cloth trade
    5. (historical) The watch: A quarter of the night, nominally 3 hours but varying over the year.
      • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Mark 6:48
        And aboute the fourth quartre of the nyght, he cam unto them, walkinge apon the see [...].
    6. (heraldiccharge) A charge occupying a fourth of a coat of arms, 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.
    7. (basketball, American football) A period into which a game is divided. qf between 8 and 15 minutes according to the rules.
    8. quarterfinal
  2. Any substantial fraction of something less than half, particularly:
    1. A division or section of a town or other area, whether or not it constituted a fourth of the whole.
    2. (usually, in the plural) A living place, from which:
      1. (military slang, now rare) A quartermaster; a quartermaster sergeant.
      2. (uncountable, obsolete except in phrase no quarter) Amity, friendship, concord; (now) accommodation given to a defeated opponent, mercy.
        • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 2, scene 3]:
          In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom.
    3. The part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, the side of its coffin.
    4. (nautical) The aftmost part of a vessel's side, roughly from the last mast to the stern.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • German: Vierteldollar
  • Portuguese: moeda de vinte e cinco centavos
  • Russian: четверта́к
  • Spanish: (El Salvador) cora, (Panama) cuarto
Translations Translations Translations Verb

quarter (quarters, present participle quartering; 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.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Verb

quarter (quarters, present participle quartering; 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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