A quarter is one-fourth of something. If you cut a pizza into four pieces and share it with three friends, each of you will eat a quarter of the pizza.

A quarter is the same thing as twenty-five percent of something. Many sporting events are divided this way, and you'll often hear sports commentators saying things like, "Here is the score at the end of the first quarter." The Latin word quartus, "fourth," is at the root of quarter, and the earliest — and goriest — use specifically referred to a form of execution that involved dismembering a prisoner's body into four pieces, or quarters.

Definitions of quarter
  1. noun
    one of four equal parts
    “a quarter of a pound”
    synonyms: fourth, fourth part, one-fourth, one-quarter, quartern, twenty-five percent
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    type of:
    common fraction, simple fraction
    the quotient of two integers
  2. noun
    a fourth part of a year; three months
    “unemployment fell during the last quarter
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    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  3. noun
    one of four periods into which the school year is divided
    “the fall quarter ends at Christmas”
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    academic session, academic term, school term, session
    the time during which a school holds classes
  4. noun
    (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided
    “both teams scored in the first quarter
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    division, part, section
    one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
  5. noun
    a unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour
    “it's a quarter til 4”
    “a quarter after 4 o'clock”
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    time unit, unit of time
    a unit for measuring time periods
  6. noun
    a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)
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    avoirdupois unit
    any of the units of the avoirdupois system of weights
  7. noun
    a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)
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    British capacity unit, Imperial capacity unit
    a unit of measure for capacity officially adopted in the British Imperial System; British units are both dry and wet
  8. noun
    one of the four major division of the compass
    “the wind is coming from that quarter
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    position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions
  9. noun
    a United States or Canadian coin worth one fourth of a dollar
    “he fed four quarters into the slot machine”
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    a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
  10. verb
    divide into quarters
    quarter an apple”
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    type of:
    section, segment
    divide into segments
  11. verb
    divide by four; divide into quarters
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    divide, fraction
    perform a division
  12. verb
    pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him
    synonyms: draw, draw and quarter
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    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
  13. noun
    a district of a city having some distinguishing character
    “the Latin Quarter
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    formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to live
    casbah, kasbah
    an older or native quarter of many cities in northern Africa; the quarter in which the citadel is located
    the ancient quarter of many cities in northern Africa
    skid road
    the district of a town frequented by loggers
    a Spanish-speaking quarter in a town or city (especially in the United States)
    type of:
    city district
    a district of a town or city
  14. noun
    an unspecified person
    “he dropped a word in the right quarter
  15. noun
    the rear part of a ship
    synonyms: after part, poop, stern, tail
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    back, rear
    the side that goes last or is not normally seen
  16. noun
    piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
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    piece of leather
    a separate part consisting of leather
  17. noun
    clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent
    “he surrendered but asked for quarter
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    clemency, mercifulness, mercy
    leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
  18. verb
    provide housing for (military personnel)
    synonyms: billet, canton
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    accommodate, lodge
    provide housing for
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