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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.]


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]


(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]
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


One of four equal parts of something:


A. Ncuarta f
B. CPD quartern loaf Npan m de cuatro libras
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