quartet

A quartet is a musical group with four members. If you play the viola, you might form a string quartet with two violinists and a cellist.

You can use the noun quartet to describe your four-person singing group, and you can also use it to talk about the piece of music you're performing, if it's written specifically for four voices or instruments. The word quartet comes from the Italian quarto, or "fourth," which in turn has it roots in the Latin quartus, also meaning "fourth."

Definitions of quartet
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n a musical composition for four performers

Synonyms:
quartette
Type of:
composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
a musical work that has been created

n four performers or singers who perform together

Synonyms:
quartette
Types:
barbershop quartet
an unaccompanied quartet of (usually male) voices singing sentimental songs in four-part harmony
string quartet, string quartette
an instrumental quartet with 2 violins and a viola and a cello
Type of:
musical group, musical organisation, musical organization
an organization of musicians who perform together

n four people considered as a unit

“he joined a barbershop quartet
Synonyms:
foursome, quartette
Types:
quadrumvirate
a group of four men
Type of:
assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place

n a set of four similar things considered as a unit

Synonyms:
quadruple, quadruplet, quartette
Type of:
set
a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used

n the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one

Synonyms:
4, IV, Little Joe, four, foursome, quadruplet, quatern, quaternary, quaternion, quaternity, tetrad
Type of:
digit, figure
one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration

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