Quartern meaning

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One fourth of something, especially of some weights and measures.
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(chiefly british) A loaf of bread weighing about 4 pounds (1.81 kilograms).
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(obs.) A fourth part; quarter.
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(brit.) One fourth of a pint, a peck, or of various other weights and measures.
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(archaic) A quarter part; one fourth.
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(archaic) A loaf of bread weighing about four pounds.
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Origin of quartern

  • Middle English quartron from Old French quarteron from quartier quarter quarter

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman quarteron (“quarter of a hundred"), from Old French quartier (“fourth")

    From Wiktionary