quarter Definition

  • 1one of four equal or almost equal parts of something; 25 percent of a whole
  • 2a period of three months, especially in connection with bills, payments, and academic terms
  • 3a unit of weight equal to a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds or 12.7 kilograms)

Using quarter: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "quarter" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    I ate a quarter of the pizza.

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    The company's profits fell by a quarter last year.

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    The school year is divided into four quarters.

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    The bill is due at the end of the quarter.

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    The horse weighs over a quarter of a ton.

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    The town is located about a quarter of a mile from here.

quarter Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with quarter

  • 15 minutes after the hour


    It's already a quarter past six. We should leave soon.

  • 15 minutes before the hour


    It's a quarter to nine. We still have some time before the meeting starts.

  • quarter pounder

    a type of hamburger that weighs approximately a quarter of a pound (113 grams)


    I'll have a quarter pounder with cheese, please.

Origins of quarter

from Middle English 'quart', from Old French 'quarte', from Latin 'quarta pars', meaning 'fourth part'


Summary: quarter in Brief

The term 'quarter' [ˈkwɔːtə(r)] refers to a fourth part of something, a period of three months, or a unit of weight. It can be used to describe fractions of a whole, as in 'I ate a quarter of the pizza,' or academic terms, as in 'The school year is divided into four quarters.' 'Quarter' also has temporal meanings, such as 'quarter past' and 'quarter to.'

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