Definitions for quatrefoilˈkæt ərˌfɔɪl, ˈkæ trə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quat•re•foilˈkæt ərˌfɔɪl, ˈkæ trə-(n.)

  1. a leaf composed of four leaflets.

    Category: Botany

  2. an architectural ornament composed of four lobes, separated by cusps, radiating from a common center.

    Category: Architecture

Origin of quatrefoil:

1375–1425; ME < MF quatre four +-foil (as in trefoil )


  1. quatrefoil(Noun)

    a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially-overlapping circles of the same diameter.

  2. quatrefoil(Noun)

    A stylized flower or leaf with four lobes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quatrefoil(noun)

    same as Quarterfoil


  1. Quatrefoil

    In art, architecture and traditional Christian symbolism, the quatrefoil is a type of decorative framework consisting of a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially overlapping circles of the same diameter. The word quatrefoil means "four leaves", from Latin quattuor, four, plus folium, a leaf.) and applies to general four-lobed shapes in various contexts.


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