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Quarter appears in the following pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Jack's man found exactly a quarter in the woven zipper bag. (47 letters)
  • About sixty codfish eggs will make a quarter pound of very fizzy jelly. (58 letters)
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun quarter:

conversational speech55.96%task-oriented speech44.04%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun quarter:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb quarter:


The word quarter is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun quarter

What does quarter mean as a name of something?

Quarter is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: quarters

  1. one of four equal parts
  2. a district of a city having some distinguishing character
    • example: the Latin Quarter
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic term: city district = a district of a town or city
    • more specific terms:
      • ghetto = 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
      • medina = the ancient quarter of many cities in northern Africa
      • skid road = the district of a town frequented by loggers
      • barrio = a Spanish-speaking quarter in a town or city
  3. (American football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided
  4. a unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour
    • examples: it's a quarter til 4 | a quarter after 4 o'clock
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic terms: time unit / unit of time = a unit for measuring time periods
    • part of: 60 minutes / hour / hr = a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day
  5. one of four periods into which the school year is divided
  6. a fourth part of a year; three months
    • example: unemployment fell during the last quarter
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic terms: period / period of time / time period = an amount of time
  7. one of the four major division of the compass
    • example: the wind is coming from that quarter
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic word: orientation = position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions
  8. a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)
  9. a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)
  10. a United States or Canadian coin worth one fourth of a dollar
    • example: he fed four quarters into the slot machine
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic word: coin = a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
  11. an unspecified person
  12. the rear part of a ship
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of quarter: after part / poop / stern / tail
    • more generic words: back / rear = the side that goes last or is not normally seen
    • part of: ship = a vessel that carries passengers or freight
    • parts:
      • escutcheon = a plate on a ship's stern on which the name is inscribed
      • skeg = a brace that extends from the rear of the keel to support the rudderpost
  13. piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: piece of leather = a separate part consisting of leather
    • part of: upper = piece of leather or synthetic material that forms the part of a shoe or boot above the sole that encases the foot
  14. clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent
    • example: he surrendered but asked for quarter
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: clemency / mercifulness / mercy = leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice

Alternative definition of the noun quarter


  1. Any one of four equal parts into which something has been divided.
  2. (United States and Canada) A coin worth 25 cents.
  3. A period of three consecutive months.
  4. A section or area (of a town, etc.).
  5. [uncountable] Accommodation granted to a defeated opponent
  6. An old English measure of corn, containing 8 bushels.
  7. An old English measure of cloth, nine inches or four nails
  8. [historical] Each of the four divisions or watches of a twelve-hour night.

Specialised definition of the noun quarter

Glossary of sports / American football

one of four 15-minute periods into which a game is divided (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / Australian rules football

one of four 20-minute periods into which a match is divided (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adjective quarter

What does quarter mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. Pertaining to an aspect of a quarter.
  2. [chiefly] Consisting of a fourth part, a quarter (1/4, 25%).
  3. [chiefly] Related to a three-month term, a quarter of a year.

Definition of the verb quarter

What does quarter mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: quartered | quartering | quarters

  1. provide housing for (military personnel)
  2. pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him
    • example: in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of quarter: draw / draw and quarter
    • more generic word: kill = cause to die
  3. divide into quarters
    • example: quarter an apple
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: section / segment = divide into segments
  4. divide by four; divide into quarters

Alternative definition of the verb quarter


  1. [transitive] To divide into quarters.
  2. [transitive] To provide housing for military personnel or other equipment.
  3. [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.


The quarter is a Canadian coin, valued at 25 cents or one-fourth of a Canadian dollar. It is a small, circular coin of silver colour. According to the Royal Canadian Mint, the official name for the coin is the 25-cent piece, but in practice and because of its similar size to an American coin of similar value, it is usually called a quarter. The coin is produced at the Royal Canadian Mint's facility in Winnipeg.

Phrases with Quarter

Phrases starting with the word Quarter:

  1. Quarter-
  2. Quarter of
  3. Quarter to
  4. Quarter-to
  5. quarter day
  6. Quarter-Day
  7. Quarter Belt
  8. quarter mile
  9. Quarter Moon
  10. quarter note
  11. Quarter Past
  12. quarter rest
  13. quarter tone
  14. Quarter-Evil
  15. quarter-hour
  16. Quarter-Past

Phrases ending with the word Quarter:

  1. Fat Quarter
  2. one-quarter
  3. Case Quarter
  4. last quarter

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Quarter

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Google previewFodor's New Orleans 2015 (2014)

by Fodor's Travel Guides

The French Quarter is a destination in itself. With fascinating architecture, vibrant nightlife,

Google previewThe Language of Theatre (1998)

by Martin Harrison

Quarter The quarter is the time - twenty minutes before the up in theatre time - for the cue-call, 'Quarter of an hour, please';. quarto The name given to early, often hurriedly-published versions of Elizabethan and Jacobean plays.

Google previewWhat Counts (2007)

Social Accounting for Nonprofits and Cooperatives by Laurie Mook, Jack Quarter, Betty Jane Richmond

Jack Quarter is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, specializing in the study of nonprofits,

Google previewThe Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America (1949)

A calendar quarter is a period of three calendar months ending on March 31, June 30, September 30, or December 31. The type of services performed by the employee and the place where the services are performed are immaterial ; the ...

Google previewNautical Dictionary (1863)

Defining the Technical Language Relative to the Building and Equipment of Sailing Vessels and Steamers, Seamanship, Navigation, Nautical Astronomy, Naval Gunnery, Maritime Law and Commerce, General and Particular Average and Marine Insurance, and Other Terms Relating to Maritime Affairs ... by Arthur Young

QUARTER. That part of a vessel's side which is between the after part of ...

Google previewCraftsman's Illustrated Dictionary of Construction Terms (1994)

by James T. Frane

quadrant quarter round radial tangential vertical or near vertical position, the mercury touches only one...

combined radial and tangential quarter tangential quarter-sawn lumber quantity -1) a measured or estimated amount; 2) the total amount ...

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Quotes about Quarter

First quarter is filled with doubts and fears.
Second quarter is infected with jabs and jeers.

Third quarter recoups these wasted years.
Last quarter reminisces lost smiles and cheers. (Gregory Huyette)
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Scrabble value of Q10U1A1R1T1E1R1

The value of this 7-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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