/kwawr"teuhrn/, n. Chiefly Brit.
a quarter, or a fourth part, esp. of certain weights and measures, as of a pound, ounce, peck, or pint.
[1250-1300; ME quartroun, quartron, quartern < OF quarteron, deriv. of quart fourth. See QUART1]

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  • Quartern — Quar tern, n. [OE. quarteroun, quartron, F. quarteron, the fourth part of a pound, or of a hundred; cf. L. quartarius a fourth part, quarter of any measure, quartern, gill. See {Quarter}, and cf. {Quarteron}, {Quadroon}.] 1. A quarter.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quartern — [kwôrt′ərn] n. [ME quarteroun < OFr quarteron < quart: see QUART1] 1. Obs. a fourth part; quarter 2. Brit. one fourth of a pint, a peck, or of various other weights and measures …   English World dictionary

  • quartern —    1.  an old English word for a quarter of anything, quartern has been used to represent 1/4 of various units. In the U.S., the term seems to have been used mostly as an alternate name for the gill, which is equal to 1/4 pint or about 118.3… …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • quartern — quar•tern [[t]ˈkwɔr tərn[/t]] n. chiefly brit. wam a quarter, or a fourth part, esp. of certain weights and measures, as of a pound, ounce, peck, or pint • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME quartroun, quartron, quartern …   From formal English to slang

  • quartern — n. Brit. archaic a quarter of a pint. Phrases and idioms: quartern loaf a four pound loaf. Etymology: ME, = quarter f. AF quartrun, OF quart(e)ron f. QUART fourth or quartier QUARTER …   Useful english dictionary

  • quartern — noun Etymology: Middle English quarteron, from Anglo French, quarter of a hundred, from quarter quarter Date: 14th century a fourth part (as of a unit of measurement) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quartern — noun A quarter part; one fourth …   Wiktionary

  • Quartern — Четверть листа …   Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии

  • quartern — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun One of four equal parts of something: quarter. See PART …   English dictionary for students

  • quartern — [ kwɔ:t(ə)n] noun archaic a quarter of a pint. Origin ME: from OFr. quart(e)ron, from quart(e) (see quart) …   English new terms dictionary

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