string quartet
noun Date: 1875 1. a composition for string quartet 2. a quartet of performers on stringed instruments usually including a first and second violin, a viola, and a cello

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  • string quartet — string quartets 1) N COUNT A string quartet is a group of four musicians who play stringed instruments together. The instruments are two violins, a viola, and a cello. The guests were entertained by a string quartet. ...a recital by the Borodin… …   English dictionary

  • string quartet — n. 1. a quartet of players on stringed instruments, usually first and second violins, a viola, and a violoncello 2. a composition for such a group …   English World dictionary

  • string quartet — string quar tet noun count a group of four musicians who play instruments that have strings, normally two VIOLINS, a VIOLA, and a CELLO a. a piece of music written for a string quartet …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • string quartet — string′ quartet′ n. 1) mad a musical composition for four stringed instruments, typically two violins, viola, and cello 2) mad the musicians performing string quartets • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • string quartet — ► NOUN ▪ a chamber music ensemble consisting of first and second violins, viola, and cello …   English terms dictionary

  • String quartet — A string quartet is a musical ensemble of four string players – usually two violin players, a violist and a cellist – or a piece written to be performed by such a group. The string quartet is one of the most prominent chamber ensembles in… …   Wikipedia

  • string quartet — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms string quartet : singular string quartet plural string quartets music a) a group of four musicians who play instruments that have strings, normally two violins, a viola, and a cello b) a piece of music written… …   English dictionary

  • string quartet — 1. a musical composition, usually in three or four movements, for four stringed instruments, typically two violins, viola, and cello. 2. a first violinist, second violinist, violist, and cellist forming a group for the performance of string… …   Universalium

  • string quartet — Synonyms and related words: German band, Nachtmusik, Philharmonic, absolute music, adaptation, air varie, aleatory, aleatory music, arrangement, band, big band, brass, brass band, brass choir, brass quintet, brass section, brasses, callithumpian… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • string quartet — noun an instrumental quartet with 2 violins and a viola and a cello • Syn: ↑string quartette • Hypernyms: ↑quartet, ↑quartette …   Useful english dictionary

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