From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quartet \Quar*tet"\, Quartette \Quar*tette"\, n. [It. quartetto,
   dim. of quarto the fourth, a fourth part, fr. L. quartus the
   fourth. See Quart.]
   1. (Mus.)
      (a) A composition in four parts, each performed by a
          single voice or instrument.
      (b) The set of four person who perform a piece of music in
          four parts.
          [1913 Webster]

   2. (Poet.) A stanza of four lines.
      [1913 Webster]
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