Meaning of QUARTER in English

(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A ~ is one of four equal parts of something.

A ~ of the residents are over 55 years old...

I’ve got to go in a ~ of an hour...

Prices have fallen by a ~ since January...

Cut the peppers into ~s.


Quarter is also a predeterminer.

The largest asteroid is Ceres, which is about a ~ the size of the moon.


Quarter is also an adjective.

...the past ~ century...



A ~ is a fixed period of three months. Companies often divide their financial year into four ~s.

The group said results for the third ~ are due on October 29.

N-COUNT: usu sing


When you are telling the time, you use ~ to talk about the fifteen minutes before or after an hour. For example, 8.15 is ~ past eight, and 8.45 is ~ to nine. In American English, you can also say that 8.15 is a ~ after eight and 8.45 is a ~ of nine.

It was a ~ to six...

I got a call at ~ of seven one night...

N-UNCOUNT: also a N


If you ~ something such as a fruit or a vegetable, you cut it into four roughly equal parts.

Chop the mushrooms and ~ the tomatoes.



If the number or size of something is ~ed, it is reduced to about a ~ of its previous number or size.

The doses I suggested for adults could be halved or ~ed.

VERB: usu passive, be V-ed


A ~ is an American or Canadian coin that is worth 25 cents.

I dropped a ~ into the slot of the pay phone.



A particular ~ of a town is a part of the town where a particular group of people traditionally live or work.

Look for hotels in the French Quarter.

N-COUNT: supp N


To refer to a person or group you may not want to name, you can talk about the reactions or actions from a particular ~.

Help came from an unexpected ~...

N-COUNT: usu supp N


The rooms provided for soldiers, sailors, or servants to live in are called their ~s.

Mckinnon went down from deck to the officers’ ~s.

N-PLURAL: poss N


If you do something at close ~s, you do it very near to a particular person or thing.

You can watch aircraft take off or land at close ~s...

PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR

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