Meaning of QUARTER in English

I. quar ‧ ter 1 S1 W2 /ˈkwɔːtə $ ˈkwɔːrtər/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ quarter , quarters, ↑ quarterly ; verb : ↑ quarter ; adverb : ↑ quarterly ; adjective : ↑ quarterly ]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: quartier , from Latin quartarius , from quartus 'fourth' ]

1 . AMOUNT one of four equal parts into which something can be divided ⇨ half , third

a/one quarter (of something)

a quarter of a mile

roughly one quarter of the city’s population

It’s about a page and a quarter.

three quarters (of something) (=75%)

three quarters of a million pounds

the first/second etc quarter

in the last quarter of the 19th century

Cut the cake into quarters.

► Say a quarter of something, not ‘quarter of’ something.

2 . PART OF AN HOUR a period of 15 minutes:

I’ll meet you in a quarter of an hour.

She arrived three quarters of an hour (=45 minutes) late.

(a) quarter to (something) (also (a) quarter of (something) )American English (=15 minutes before the hour)

It’s a quarter of two.

(a) quarter past (something) British English also (a) quarter after (something) )American English (=15 minutes after the hour)

I’ll meet you at a quarter past ten.

3 . MONEY a coin used in the US and Canada worth 25 cents

4 . THREE MONTHS a period of three months, used especially when discussing business and financial matters

the first/second/third/fourth quarter

The company’s profits rose by 11% in the first quarter of the year.

Our database is updated every quarter.

⇨ ↑ quarterly (1)

5 . SPORT one of the four equal periods of time into which games of some sports are divided

the first/second/third/fourth quarter

The home side took the lead in the second quarter.

6 . PART OF A CITY [usually singular] an area of a town:

I found a small flat in the student quarter.

Granada’s ancient Arab quarter

a historic quarter of the city

7 . HOME quarters [plural] the rooms that are given to someone to live in as part of their job, especially servants or soldiers:

The top floor provided living quarters for the kitchen staff.

Most of the officers live in married quarters (=houses where soldiers live with their wives) .

8 . COLLEGE American English one of the four periods into which a year at school or college is divided, continuing for 10 to 12 weeks ⇨ semester :

What classes are you taking this quarter?

9 . MOON the period of time twice a month when you can see a quarter of the moon’s surface

10 . in/from ... quarters among or from different groups of people:

Offers of financial help came from several quarters.

Doubts were expressed in many quarters.

11 . all quarters of the Earth/globe literary everywhere in the world

12 . give/receive no quarter literary if someone gives no quarter, they do not show any pity or gentleness when dealing with someone, especially an enemy:

It was a fight to the death, with no quarter given.

⇨ at close quarters at ↑ close 2 (20)

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▪ area a part of a town or country, or of the world:

They live in a very wealthy area.


coastal areas

▪ region a large area of a country or the world:

the northwest region of Russia


desert regions

▪ zone an area that is different from other areas around it in some way:

a war zone


a no-parking zone


We crossed two different time zonesareas where there is a particular time compared to the rest of the world.

▪ district one of the areas a city or town is officially divided into, or an area of a city where a particular group live or an activity happens:

the Chelsea district of Manhattan

| the business/financial/theatre etc district :

the financial district of London

▪ neighbourhood British English , neighborhood American English /ˈneɪbəhʊd $ -ər-/ an area of a town where people live:

a friendly neighbourhood


There are lots of trees in our neighborhood.

▪ suburb an area outside the centre of a city, where people live:

a suburb of Boston

▪ quarter an area of a town or city where people of a particular nationality live:

the French quarter of New Orleans

▪ slum an area of a city that is in very bad condition, where many poor people live:

He grew up in the slums of East London.

▪ ghetto an area of a city where poor people of a particular race or class live:

a black baby born in the ghetto

II. quarter 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ quarter , quarters, ↑ quarterly ; verb : ↑ quarter ; adverb : ↑ quarterly ; adjective : ↑ quarterly ]

1 . to cut or divide something into four parts ⇨ halve :

Quarter the tomatoes and place them round the dish.

2 . [usually passive] formal to provide someone with a place to sleep and eat, especially soldiers:

Our troops were quartered in Boston until June.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.