English definition of “quarter”
EQUAL PART [C] (also US fourth) › one of four equal parts of something; 14 : Three quarters of the island's residents speak English. My house is one and three-quarter miles/a mile and three-quarters from here. I waited a quarter of an hour for her.
BEFORE/AFTER HOUR [no plural] › a period of 15 minutes before or after the hour: It's (a) quarter to three (= 2.45).also US It's a quarter of three (= 2.45). We're leaving at (a) quarter past six (= 6.15).also US We're leaving at (a) quarter after six (= 6.15).
BUSINESS [C] › one of four periods of time into which a year is divided for financial calculations such as profits or bills (= orders for payment) : I get an electricity bill every quarter.
SCHOOL [C] US › one of four periods of time into which a year at college or university is divided
SPORT [C] US › one of four periods of time into which some sports games are divided
PART OF TOWN [C] › a part of a town, often where people from a particular country or religion live: the Jewish quarter
COIN [C] › a US or Canadian coin with a value of 25 cents, which is a quarter of a dollar