Definition of quarrel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkwɒrəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɔːrəl//
    , NAmE//ˈkwɑːrəl//
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  1. 1[countable] quarrel (with somebody/between A and B) (about/over something) an angry argument or disagreement between people, often about a personal matter a family quarrel He did not mention the quarrel with his wife. They had a quarrel about money. Were you at any time aware of a quarrel between the two of them? See related entries: Anger
  2. 2[uncountable] quarrel (with somebody/something) (especially in negative sentences) a reason for complaining about somebody/something or for disagreeing with somebody/something We have no quarrel with his methods.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘reason for disagreement with a person’): from Old French querele, from Latin querel(l)a ‘complaint’, from queri ‘complain’.Extra examples Our quarrel is not with the people, but with their leader. We have no quarrel with their plans, in fact we support them. a quarrel about money a quarrel between family members a quarrel over the ownership of a piece of land He got involved in a quarrel with his neighbour. I don’t want to pick a quarrel with her. Were you aware of a quarrel between them?Idioms
    pick a fight/quarrel (with somebody)
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    to deliberately start a fight or an argument with somebody He had drunk too much and was ready to pick a fight with anyone who crossed his path.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: quarrel