Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definition

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun quarter pronunciation in British English /ˈkwɔː(r)tə(r)/ 
Word Forms
  1. 2
    [countable] a part of a town where you find particular buildings, activities, or people

    the Chinese quarter of the city

    a house in the student quarter

  2. 3
    [countable] [often plural] formal a particular person or group of people
    in some quarters (=among some people or groups of people):

    Concern has been expressed in some quarters about this policy.

    from all quarters (=from all people or groups):

    He has won support from all quarters.

    from this/that quarter (=from one particular person or group):

    I knew there would be a lot of trouble from that quarter.

  3. 4
    [countable] British a unit for measuring weight, containing four ounces and equal to 0.113 kilograms
    quarter of:

    Can you buy me a quarter of ham?

  4. 6
    [uncountable] literary kind behaviour towards someone who you have defeated or someone who is under your authority
    give/get no quarter:

    Any man found breaking the rules would be given absolutely no quarter.


a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

selfie stick

an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog