Definition of quatern in English:

quatern

(also quaterne)

noun

rare, historical
  • 1A quire of paper; = "quaternion"; (hence); a pamphlet; a small book.

  • 2Chiefly in form quaterne. A set of four numbers, counters, etc., drawn in a lottery or game of chance. Chiefly in French contexts.

Origin

Mid 16th century. In sense 1 from Middle French quaterne pamphlet, register, quire and its etymon post-classical Latin quaternus (also quaternum) booklet, quire, use as singular noun of classical Latin quaternus, singular form corresponding to quaternī four each, set of four; compare earlier quire.

Pronunciation

quatern

/kwɒˈtəːn/