Definition of quart in US English:



  • 1A unit of liquid capacity equal to a quarter of a gallon or two pints, equivalent in the US to approximately 0.94 liter and in Britain to approximately 1.13 liters.

    • ‘The total capacity of the storage tank, two quarts heated up to 190 degrees, halves the time required to boil four quarts of water for making pasta.’
    • ‘Has the person been drinking at least one and a half quarts of liquid each day?’
    • ‘In the main filling room, gallons, half gallons, pints, quarts and half-pints are filled.’
    • ‘The Paint Spot caters to both the professional and the hobbyist, selling paint in pints, quarts and gallons for you mural-painters.’
    • ‘Before conception, women need 1,200 mg of calcium per day, or the equivalent of a quart of milk or fortified orange juice, or six servings of fortified bread or cereals.’
    • ‘For a gallon mixture: three quarts of hot water, add one quart of bleach.’
    • ‘Surfactants are usually used at 1 / 4% by spray volume or 1 quart per 100 gallons of spray mixture.’
    • ‘Hiking in the desert on a hot day, he goes through one quart of the gallon of water he brought along by noon.’
    • ‘ESL technology allows the company to ship ultra-pasteurized milk in gallons and quarts via refrigerated cargo containers to the Philippines, for example, to provide fresh product in a country where that is a rare commodity.’
    • ‘Dairy processors are experimenting with four-, six- and eight- packs of halfpint and pints in distribution channels such as club stores as well as two-pack gallons and quarts for supermarkets.’
    • ‘In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts.’
    • ‘The elimination of the previous ‘gull wing’ oil pan design reduces the engine's oil capacity from 6.5 quarts to 5.5 quarts with a dry filter.’
    • ‘The plant fills an assortment of plastic and paperboard containers, in sizes including gallon, half gallon, quart, half pint, 10-ounce and 12-ounce.’
    • ‘Offering fresh fruits and vegetables, neighborhood crafts, and a place to gather, a neighborhood store provides employment and eliminates the need to burn a quart of gasoline to pick up a quart of milk.’
    • ‘Milk products are packaged 16 quarts or four gallons to a case and automatic stackers stack them six high.’
    • ‘The milk is available in gallons, half gallons, quarts and pints.’
    • ‘The liter and its fractions have vanquished quarts, pints, and gallons, while the pound is still holding its own in things such as produce.’
    • ‘Young men tending camel herds during the rainy season may drink up to ten quarts of milk a day.’
    • ‘In the days of yore when beer in pubs was served only in pints or quarts, the serving wenches had to keep mental tabs on who drank pints and who drank quarts to get it right when collecting payment.’
    • ‘Bring four quarts of water to a boil and add two tablespoons salt.’
    1. 1.1North American A unit of dry capacity equivalent to approximately 1.10 liters.
      • ‘Depending on the year, she makes anywhere from three to six batches, each batch requiring two quarts of berries to fill eight 8 oz. jars so that they gleam like rubies.’
      • ‘Add to each quart of apples a half pint of water; cover the dish and bake in a quick oven until soft.’
      • ‘When I sell 50 quarts of pork fried rice at lunch, I have to put the cooked rice in a container close to the wok so that I can easily access it and cook it again to customer order.’
      • ‘I myself have a small vegetable garden and do my canning without assistance, three or four quarts at a time.’
      • ‘I used four quarts of purée, but there were still more than four gallons of pumpkin to go!’
  • 2Fencing
    The fourth of eight standard parrying positions.

    • ‘He went in with a feint in the low lines, whence he whirled his point into carte as he lunged, and planted the trident over the master's heart.’
    • ‘The name of the parry is determined by the position where it finishes, e.g. the fencer starts on guard in the position of sixte, and when attacked parries by moving the blade laterally across the body to the parry of quarte.’
    • ‘That is, how to lunge, parry quarte, feint, etc.’
    • ‘Giganti had seven guards, but only really employed two, corresponding to the modern quarte and tierce.’
    • ‘Jack made a hard cut to Clarence's left flank, hoping he would pick it up in quarte, and make his riposte to Jack's fore arm.’
  • 3(in piquet) a sequence of four cards of the same suit.

    • ‘A sequence of three cards is called a "tierce"; of four, a "quart"; of five, a "quint"; of six, a "sixieme"; of seven, a "septieme"; of eight, a "huitieme."’
    • ‘If each player has a quart, but one quart is higher than the other, the player with the higher quart scores 50 points.’
    • ‘As between sequences containing the same number of cards, the one headed by the highest card is good; thus, a quart to a queen is good against a quart to a knave.’


Middle English: from Old French quarte, from Latin quarta (pars) ‘fourth (part)’, from quartus ‘fourth’, from quattuor ‘four’.