Definition of quadriliteral in English:

quadriliteral

Pronunciation /ˌkwɒdrɪˈlɪt(ə)rəl/ /ˌkwɒdrɪˈlɪt(ə)r(ə)l/

adjective

Grammar
  • Of a word: consisting of four letters. Of a Semitic root: having four consonants.

noun

Grammar
  • A word of four letters; a Semitic root containing four consonants (instead of the usual three).

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Browne (1605–1682), physician and author. From quadri- + literal. Compare post-classical Latin quadriliterus (of a word) consisting of four letters.