quartern

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

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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 — /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] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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 loaf — 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 loaf — noun A four pound loaf, made from a quarter of a stone of flour • • • Main Entry: ↑quartern * * * quartern loaf, a large, round loaf of bread weighing about four pounds …   Useful english dictionary

  • quartern-loaf —    a traditional English unit of weight for bread. A quartern loaf is made from a quartern2 of flour. The finished loaf usually weighs somewhere between 4 and 5 pounds (very roughly 2 kilograms) …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • 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

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