What does the word quartern mean?

Usage examples for quartern

  1. You wear out at least a shilling's worth of boot leather, pay twopence for a roll and fourpence for a more villainous compound called coffee; come home in a state of inanition, cram down a quartern loaf and a quarter of a pound of rancid butter, washed down with weak tea; and if self- satisfaction and exhaustion combined are soporific, it is only to leave you a prey to nightmare. – The Pillars of the House, V1 by Charlotte M. Yonge
  2. In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit entered- flushed, but smiling proudly- with the pudding, like a speckled cannon- ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half- a- quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top. – The Children's Book of Christmas Stories by Various