1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Quatrain

QUATRAIN, sometimes spelt Qnartain (from Fr. quatre, four), a piece of verse complete in four rhymed lines. The length or measure .of the verse is immaterial, but they must be bound together by a rhyme-arrangement. This form has always been popular for use in the composition of epigrams, on account of its brevity and neatness, and may be considered as a modification of the Greek or Latintepigram at its concisest.