quadrille

[ kwo-dril, kwuh-, kuh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF quadrille

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I would not take the trouble to stand up in a quadrille, if I were in his place.

I opened it by dancing a quadrille with Flavia: then I waltzed with her.

Coupeau was trying to force his way through the dancers and was disrupting the quadrille.

They'll turn the squadron into a quadrille and the march into a dance.

She could not say any more, as she was called away to a game at quadrille.

The lady who had excited it was advancing in a quadrille, some ten yards from her admirer.

Quadrille parties were held weekly by the regiments and corps in garrison.

I engage Madeleine for the first quadrille, and Bertha for the first waltz.

You can walk through a quadrille, so you need not begin with excuses.

This is my friend Bob Hely, performing the Cavalier seul in a quadrille.

WORD ORIGIN

1773, "lively square dance for four couples," from French quadrille (17c.), originally one of four groups of horsemen in a tournament (a sense attested in English from 1738), from Spanish cuadrilla, diminutive of cuadro "four-sided battle square," from Latin quadrum "a square," related to quattuor "four" (see four). The craze for the dance hit England in 1816, and it underwent a vigorous revival late 19c. among the middle classes.

Earlier the name of a popular card game for four hands, and in this sense from French quadrille (1725), from Spanish cuartillo, from cuarto "fourth," from Latin quartus. OED notes it as fashionable from 1726 ("and was in turn superseded by whist"), the year of Swift's (or Congreve's) satirical ballad on the craze:

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square dance

nouncountry dancing in formation
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