Meaning of “quiz” in the English Dictionary

"quiz" in British English

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quiznoun [ C ]

uk /kwɪz/ us /kwɪz/ plural quizzes

A2 a game or competition in which you answer questions:

a history/sport, etc. quiz
There are so many inane television quiz shows.
UK A lot of pubs have quiz nights once or twice a week.

B1 mainly US a short informal test:

There was a pop (= surprise) quiz in history at school today.

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  • In tonight's quiz, our contestants have come from all over the country.
  • There are too many inane quiz shows on television these days.
  • Would you like to pit your wits against our quiz champion?
  • Our quiz team is a bit weak on sport.
  • There will be more documentaries and fewer quiz shows in the autumn season on TV.

quizverb [ T ]

uk /kwɪz/ us /kwɪz/ -zz-

(Definition of “quiz” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"quiz" in American English

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quiznoun [ C ]

us /kwɪz/

a short, informal test:

We had a history quiz today.
verb [ T ] us /kwɪz/ -zz-

Reporters quizzed the jurors about their verdict.

(Definition of “quiz” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)