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1. One fourth of something, especially of some weights and measures.
2. Chiefly British A loaf of bread weighing about 4 pounds (1.81 kilograms).

[Middle English quartron, from Old French quarteron, from quartier, quarter; see quarter.]
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1. (Units) a fourth part of certain weights or measures, such as a peck or a pound
2. (Cookery)
a. a type of loaf 4 inches square, used esp for making sandwiches
b. any loaf weighing 1600 g when baked
[C13: from Old French quarteron, from quart a quarter]
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(ˈkwɔr tərn)

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; Middle English quartroun, quartron, quartern]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quartern - one of four equal partsquartern - one of four equal parts; "a quarter of a pound"
common fraction, simple fraction - the quotient of two integers
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One of four equal parts of something:
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A. Ncuarta f
B. CPD quartern loaf Npan m de cuatro libras
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But I apprehend that we were personally fortunate in engaging a servant with a taste for cordials, who swelled our running account for porter at the public-house by such inexplicable items as 'quartern rum shrub (Mrs.
Mr Tappertit looked immensely big at a quartern loaf on the table, and breathed hard.
This the drunken old chap, in a pair of list slippers and a nightcap, wot had offered--it afterwards come out--to make a hole in the water for a quartern of rum stood aforehand, and kept to his word for the first and last time in his life.
They were formed by the addition of affixes such as farthing-(farthingdale), fer- (ferling), for- (forpit), fur- (furendal), quart- (quartern), etc.
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